The Yankees landed their man. Masahiro Tanaka is now a Yankee for seven years at $155 million with an opt out clause after the fourth year. The deal in terms of the dollar amount is actually $175 million when you add in the posting fee.
After signing Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson the Yankees had one more piece of the puzzle that had to be addressed… the rotation and they had their sight set on one player and one player alone, Masahiro Tanaka.
It was evident from the get go that the Yankees were going to go all in on Tanaka and were willing to outbid all other teams to get him.
The negotiations were kept in secret and no one had any idea what was going on and rumors are rumors. That is until this morning when news officially broke that he was coming to the Yankees thus ending all the speculation since he was posted just about a month ago.
Tanaka’s resume is an impressive one. Last season he went 24-0 last year with an ERA of 1.27. Wow! When I see that no matter what league you pitch in that’s impressive.
With the signing of Tanaka the Yankees move well above the $189 budget ceiling that was supposedly put in place by Hal Steinbrenner. Although, he went on record to say that the $189 budget would not come at the expense of fielding a championship caliber team.
With that said the Yankees still have questions at second base, third base and the bullpen.
The signings of Kelly Johnson and Brian Roberts were great for insurance purposes and both possess power but the Yankees need to shore up those positions with more capable players.
With the bullpen the Yankees could go after Grant Balfour to shore up the backend of the bullpen and help give insurance to Robertson.
Ken Rosenthal broke the story.
BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014
7 who met Tanaka: Girardi Cashman Levine asst GM Afterman translator George Rose pitch coach Rothschild and minor lge coach Hillman #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 22, 2014