Marlins join the bidding for Chapman

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Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has another offer on the table, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Marlins offered Chapman a five-year deal in the vicinity of $13
million. Chapman already has one offer on the table from the Red Sox,
believed to be for around $15.5 million. It probably won’t be enough to
land the heralded-defector, however they hope South Florida could be a
draw.




Chapman, 21, threw a bullpen session in front of representatives of more than 15 teams in Houston on Tuesday,
reaching as high as 97 mph on the radar gun, though he was mostly in
the 92-93 mph range, according to Jorge Arangure Jr. of ESPN.com. On a related note, Phil Rodgers of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs
are among a group of teams exploring a deal for the talented southpaw.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.