Masahiro Tanaka to Yankees for 7 years, $155 million

Koji Watanabe

NPB pitcher gets a massive deal from the New York Yankees.

According to numerous reports, Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a 7 year, $155 million contract with an opt out after four years.

This blows away the speculated 6 years, $120 million figures and the new posting system that caps the posting fee at $20 million has immediately paid dividends to the player.

Yu Darvish signed for $56 million guaranteed with a $51 million posting bid.   Boy am I glad that process existed for Yu.

Tanaka is now one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball history without throwing a single pitch in major league baseball and the Yankees previous stated goal of getting under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold seems impossible.

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