Yankees Give Masahiro Tanaka 155 Reasons To Come To The Bronx

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Masahiro Tanaka

After months of speculating where the prized pitching sensation from Japan would land, we now have our answer. Much to the chagrin of the baseball world the New York Yankees have signed Masahiro Tanaka to a 7 year/$155 million deal with an opt out clause after the fourth season. The Yankees once again flexed their financial muscle inking Tanaka to a deal that morphs the contract Yu Darvish received from the Texas Rangers in 2012.

Selfishly, as a Blue Jays fan I wish Tanaka would have signed in the National League but you have to give the Yankees brain trust credit, they set their sights on a goal and put their money where their mouth, negotiating and bullying their way to Tanaka with the good ol’ American dollar. $155 million of them to be exact.

So now we all can sit back and wait to see if the hurler can live up to the lofty expectations and the even loftier contract he is owed. You have to wonder if the  Yankees planned ahead re-signing veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal for the upcoming 2014 season. The native of Osaka, Japan will not only be a valuable asset on the field but off as well mentoring Tanaka and assisting him with the transition to life in the pressure cooker of New York.

The conclusion of the Tanaka soap opera will undoubtedly open up the flood gates for the likes of the remaining free agent hurlers who were stalled by the Tanaka talks. Ervin Santana and company must be licking their chops after seeing the 155 beside Tanaka’s name, they all look like bargains at 80 million now. Well, not really.

So there you have it, Tanaka is bound for New York just when you thought there may be a new MLB bully in town from the west coast. The old playground bully resurfaces asserting themselves as the off-season free spender of old. Somewhere George Steinbrenner is smiling.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

  • CDR

    It’s fair to say that the Yankees do not like to lose in any season. Everytime the team misses the playoffs, 3 to 4 big-time free agents get signed the following year. It’s just how the pinstripes roll.

  • zedd

    The Yankees have built a brand of excellence. Their achievement of championship seasons is accomplished because they believe in their product. They are not alone. Many professional ball players aspire to be asked to join their organization, even if they do refuse the call. It is not bullying. MLB is not the NFL. The NFL produces a product that includes parity for all teams. MLB does not nor does it show any signs that it ever will.

    All that said………I am a most proud and Happy Yankee Fan, even when they don’t perform well, I know they will strive to put the best team forward. And yes, its the best money can buy….the last time I looked…all ballplayers are paid, regardless of market size.







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