• Tanaka To Yanks For $155 Million

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2014 · Comments (104)

    Via Paul White

    Masahiro Tanaka is headed to the New York Yankees, who are once again spending money with the determination of years past.

    Fox Sports is reporting that the prize of this winter’s free-agent class has agreed to terms on a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees, the latest move in a winter of wild spending for the club.

    Between outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, catcher Brian McCann and now Tanaka, the Yankees have expended $438 million in an effort to return to dominance.

    That doesn’t include the $20 million posting fee the Yankees must pay to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka’s team in Japan.

    And though Tanaka has never thrown a pitch in the major leagues, the Yankees did not hesitate to offer him the fifth-largest contract ever for a pitcher.

    Their agreement with Tanaka also comes less than two weeks after they had $25 million of 2014 payroll freed with 162 games of slugger Alex Rodriguez’s suspension upheld by an arbitrator.

    Is this Cashman/Afterman? Or, is this like the Soriano deal where it was Levine and others? The next few days could be interesting as the story unfolds.

    Comments on Tanaka To Yanks For $155 Million

    1. Raf
      January 26th, 2014 | 12:52 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Godzilla used to hit 50+ HR a season there.

      He hit 50 once, his last season in NPB.
      http://japaneseballplayers.com/en/player.php?id=matsui

      Steve L. wrote:

      Shoot, some DR-born MLB-cast-off hit 60+ HR in Japan this past season.

      FWIW, that was after a hopped up baseball was introduced to the league.
      http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2013/09/19/baseball/baseball-chief-kato-to-step-down-in-october/#.UuU8UdIo7Mo

    2. Mr. October
      January 27th, 2014 | 7:05 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      By WAR, Kuroda’s two best years in MLB were both with the Yankees; 5.5 WAR in 2012 and 4.1 WAR last year.

      He can have a WAR above 8.0 – it doesn’t mean anything with an 6.00 ERA from August to October.

    3. McMillan
      January 27th, 2014 | 7:29 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      … the average run prevention among title winners is exactly one ordinal better than run scoring.

      A facile “analysis that analyzes very little.” If Brian Cashman was asked to define the word “ordinal,” the $3 million-per year business executive would probably answer, “[I]t’s… like… a fixture or something that’s attached to like… a wall in… like a public restroom… like… a men’s room at Yankee Stadium… like… you know… like…”

    4. Evan3457
      January 29th, 2014 | 8:28 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      By WAR, Kuroda’s two best years in MLB were both with the Yankees; 5.5 WAR in 2012 and 4.1 WAR last year.
      He can have a WAR above 8.0 – it doesn’t mean anything with an 6.00 ERA from August to October.

      Well, no, because:
      1. He’s pitched well for the Yankees in the actual month of October.
      2. He didn’t pitch in October last year.
      3. If he has an 8.0 WAR this season, it’s very likely the Yanks will be playing in October this fall.

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