Posted January 23, 2014

Report: Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees agree to 7-year, $155 million deal

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Masahiro Tanaka went 24-0 for the Rakuten Golden Eagles last year. (The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka went 24-0 for the Rakuten Golden Eagles last year. (The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes are over.

The 25-year-old Japanese ace signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees on Wednesday, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. He can opt-out of the deal after the fourth year, Rosenthal reports.

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings in leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to the Japan Series title last season. In seven professional seasons in Japan, he was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

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The Yankees will also pay Rakuten a $20 million posting fee.

The Dodgers, Cubs, White Sox and Diamondbacks were also in the mix for Tanaka, who had until 5 p.m. ET on Friday to decide on an MLB team to sign with, or return to Japan.

Multiple outlets, including The New York Times, are reporting that the Tanaka deal will bring the Yankees well above the $189 million luxury tax for next season, meaning they will continue to pay 50 percent in taxes on every dollar spent over that amount.

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43 comments
BubbaJoBubba
BubbaJoBubba

Why not...........look how successful they were with Hideki Irabu................

Oldjoker1212
Oldjoker1212

Yankee fans panties all gooie. ... Hahahah 4th place finish then they had to watch boston march to the workloads series ring. Hahahaha Go canada!!

ChadCollins
ChadCollins

I am so sick of the Yankees and Red Sox.  SO SICK

laclipperzfan
laclipperzfan

you are not Japanese!  You are not a Tanaka!

nbdodge
nbdodge

I just hope he doesn't turn out to be another Kei Igawa.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I smell desperation in the Bronx. I wonder which bothered Baby Stein more - being out spent by the Dodgers or the Red Sox winning their third World Series in nine years?

John02169
John02169

Yankee baseball "They win because they Outspend."

joey311164
joey311164

Spend more money as usual, and neglect the farm system like you have done since the last time the Yankees won in 2009.  Typical spending spree and they are still left with a lot of holes and not much depth.

joeybaloney
joeybaloney

One big issue is something Verducci or some other SI guy pointed out.  He's pitched a whole lot of innings at a very young age.  Maybe he'll be fine, and I hope he is.  I'm not a Yankees fan, but I don't wish failure on him.  But still, he's pitched a LOT of innings and that is usually not so good if you want to pitch until you're 38 or so. 

GodofAcid
GodofAcid

If at first you don't succeed, buy buy again

BKIsles
BKIsles

155 million more reasons not to care about SteroidBall.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Now all the Yankees need to do is find a catcher, first baseman, shortstop, second baseman, third baseman and a outfielder or two. LOL

BBBigster
BBBigster

Wow...  I thought Yanks were trying to get back to their winning way of growing talent from within, ala Jeter, Posada, Pettitte.  But no...  they did to take a short cut approach yet again.  Tanaka will give Yanks good 2-3 years at least...  before his arm falls off.  Perhaps that is good enough.  Shoot, I mean they signed 

Teixeira to long term deal, only to see him give 2-3 good years before starting his decline.

MMoney0021
MMoney0021

As a Yankees fan I am completely baffled even though I shouldn't be.  I guess when the Sox win the World Series that means we have to go into desperation mode and throw money around foolishly AGAIN.  Bad enough we have about 4-5 terrible contracts.  Might as well add another.  Better hope this guy is closer to Darvish than Dice K.  

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

155 million for an unproven commodity in a performance enhancement driven American League. Just like the person who posted the name... Hideki Irabu... At least a team like the Yankees can afford a potential failure like this and only affect them for a few seasons. Had it been the Cubs, it would have been another decade added to the many that they could use as an excuse for their futility.

TruthTreesYou
TruthTreesYou

sounds like a bargain: if he can go 24-0 again,  he will only be getting paid about $1 million per win.

Oldjoker1212
Oldjoker1212

The power that the redsox have over newyork is amazing ... Got them to spend 500 million for injury prone outfield a dismal catcher and hothead, and a pitcher with NO major league experience .... Amazing

Matthew W
Matthew W

@John02169 

When was the last time the Royals or the Pirates won a World Series?

You don't win if you don't spend. 

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@John02169 If they don't win, you'll probably be in lock step with all the others saying 'money can't buy a championship.' If they win, it'll be exactly what you wrote. Hate on. I root for my team and they have the strongest desire of any team in wanting to put the best product on the field.

renee
renee

Hey Joey, how does signing a FA equate to neglecting the farm? We didn't trade anybody away in the deal. Sheesh, grow a brain cell!

piizzadude
piizzadude

@joeybaloney Yeah I do not wish ill on the guy (I do on the Yankees but that is another thing) but he seems like an arm blowout in the making with all the mileage he already has. 


But hey, he got his 155M in the bank. I didn't see an opt out year for the yanks...

slickknick
slickknick

@GodofAcid Like when Boston posted a whopping $50 million just to talk to Matsuzaka.  BTW, where is he now?  Don't call the kettle black when you're blacker than a MF too!  lol, a Friday reference.

Philip10
Philip10

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius read the sports pages much? need a second baseman and a third baseman; i'll give you that much... otherwise not sure what team you are talking about.


slickwilly
slickwilly

@BBBigster Signing free agent pitchers doesn't preclude the Yankees from growing talent from within.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@BBBigster You seem to think Tex declined on his own... he's been hurt by some lousy pitchers and although it's part of the game with thin pitching, the breaks and injuries were not solely of his own making... 

tootallgoof
tootallgoof

@MMoney0021Not to mention less people at the stadium when Arod and Jeter were out and the YES ratings diving when the two were out.   Yankee fans say they love the farm system teams but if it does not produce the caliber of the Williams, Jeter, Posada, Petitte and Riveria, they complain.   Lets not forget outside of Williams, they are all potential HOF players and all at maybe the most important positions, right up the middle.


The Yankees care about winning and money.  Nothing more, nothing less.   Last year they did not win and made less than normal.  Bad combination.

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@doublejtrain68 Can you name the two words of the "lights-out Boston reliever and the two words for the Seattle pitcher that was third in the Cy Young voting?  Or what's that Japanese guy with like 4,000 hits?  

Josh H
Josh H

@Philip10@WilyCoyoteSuperGeniusHe's saying Texieria was bad last year, Jeter is old, and your OF should be eating dinner at 4 PM and getting senior pricing at McDonalds for their morning coffee.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

@Josh H@Philip10@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius- That was hilarious! Texiera wasn't bad, like Jeter he spent most of the season on the DL. He was bad the season before. And yeah, I forgot about the McCann signing - so they have a catcher. Who knows if Jeter can still play? He seems to have reached the point that he is constantly reinjured. Tanaka better be an ace for the Bombers, the only thing that has ballooned more than CC's waistline is his era.