Tanaka, 25, is scheduled to meet with as many as 12 Major League teams in Los Angeles before Friday and has until Jan. 24 to reach a deal.
The Yankees are among the teams ready to make a pitch to Tanaka. The White Sox already did.
Other news and notes from Thursday:
• Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander underwent abdominal surgery on Thursday to fix a pre-existing injury that he aggravated during conditioning drills. He will be on the shelf for the next six weeks but should be fine for Opening Day.
• Rays manager Joe Maddon isn't worried about his club's lack of a full-time designated hitter. Tampa Bay also inked infielder Jayson Nix to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.
• The Angels are impressed with Mark Mulder's retooled delivery.
• News on the Mets' first base and shortstop situations within this notebook.
• Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said in a radio interview he thinks right-hander A.J. Burnett is going to retire.
• Pittsburgh's farm system was ranked No. 1 by Baseball America.
• The Brewers continue to look for relievers.
• Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano is ready for 2014.
• A's right-hander Sonny Gray is looking forward to his first full big league season.
• Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs is ready to join his new team.
• Could Frank Thomas' Hall of Fame election lead to enshrinement for former Mariners DH Edgar Martinez?
• Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman hopes he can crack the rotation out of Spring Training.
• The Padres will host a memorial service for Jerry Coleman on Jan. 18.
• MLB.com's Bill Ladson fields Nationals questions in his inbox.
• Giants reporter Chris Haft has his own inbox for San Francisco fans.
• The Tigers invited 16 to Spring Training, as did the Royals.
• The Twins invited 23 to Spring Training, highlighted by top prospect Byron Buxton.
• The Marlins signed six to Minor League deals and invited 16 others to Spring Training.
• The Orioles announced their Minor League managers and coaches. So did the Astros and the Rangers.