Yankees sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
January 22, 2014, 10:15 am
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Masahiro Tanaka finally has an MLB home as the Japanese pitcher agreed to terms on Wednesday to a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees. The contract includes an opt-out clause after the fourth season and an additional posting fee of $20 million to bring him overseas.

Tanaka, 25, was also linked strongly to the Cubs and Diamondbacks before reaching a deal with New York. The Dodgers were also considered frontrunners at one point in the race. In the end Tanaka landed with the Yankees who hope he can be a number two starter after C.C. Sabathia.

Tanaka posted from the Rakuten Eagles after seven seasons in Japanese professional baseball. Along the way he went 99-35 with a 2.35 ERA and 1,238 strikeouts in 1,315 innings. This past season he held a 1.27 ERA with a perfect 24-0 record.

Tanaka will hope for the same success as Yu Darvish who posted two years ago to join the Texas Rangers. Darvish has been excellent, going 29-18 with a 3.34 ERA across 401 MLB innings.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the news.