Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the New York Yankees for 7 years, $155 million

The Yankees have won the Tanaka sweepstakes, dropping $155M for the Japanese phenom

1/22/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the New York Yankees for 7 years, $155 millionThe New York Yankees are once again huge players in the offseason, signing the biggest pitcher of the 2013/14 free agency period.

The Yankees have agreed to a 7-year deal with Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka worth $155 million.

This means that the Yankees have now spent $438 million combined this offseason on Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Any hopes of them creeping under the luxury tax threshold may have been dashed by this and the other signings, no matter what happens with Alex Rodriguez and his $25M in 2014.

Tanaka went 24-0 in the Japanese league in 2013, and had a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, whom he led to a championship. His contract has an out clause after 4 years, so if he thinks he can make a few more dollars, he can enter free agency after the 2017 season.

We'll see if Tanaka can deliver on his huge potential and provide the Yankees with the premier front-line starter that they desperately need, following the decline of CC Sabathia.
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1/23/14   |   Scott   |   52698 respect

Dodgers proved last year that while you may be able to buy a division title, it's a lot harder to buy a pennant or a World Series championship

1/22/14   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

LACavsFan wrote:
After the long anticipated signing of Tanaka, our roster is now complete. It will be the Dodgers against my Yankees in the World Series this year and maybe next year as well. These are now the 2 strongest, deepest and most complete rosters in the game. Boston, Detroit, Texas, Oakland and St. Louis did nothing to improve themselves in the offseason and even lost some key players.

You really think the Yankees are 12 games better than last year? Oh.

Apparently one of the "most complete" rosters in the game currently have Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson as two of their starting infielders, and Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda as members of their starting rotation.

Good luck with that.

1/22/14   |   LACavsFan   |   106 respect

After the long anticipated signing of Tanaka, our roster is now complete. It will be the Dodgers against my Yankees in the World Series this year and maybe next year as well. These are now the 2 strongest, deepest and most complete rosters in the game. Boston, Detroit, Texas, Oakland and St. Louis did nothing to improve themselves in the offseason and even lost some key players.

1/22/14   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25108 respect

I would expect Creamed Corn Sabathia to have a bounce back year. He actually looks like an athlete heading into spring training.
As far as Tanaka, the fact he signed with the Yankees really makes me hope he's the next Hideki Irabu