D-Backs move on after Tanaka chooses Yankees

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The Arizona Diamondbacks took on the big boys of Major League Baseball in the competition to land Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka only to see him sign, hardly to anyone's surprise, with the New York Yankees.

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers, speaking to a handful of reporters in a conference call on Wednesday, thanked the team's ownership for allowing him to "sit at the table in a high stakes poker game for one of the elite free agents."

Towers says the Diamondbacks made "a very competitive offer."

Now he moves on in search of help for the Diamondbacks' rotation, seeking either a No. 1 starter or a strong No. 2. And, he says, those are hard to find.

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