The Yankees crossed another name off their winter shopping list with the signing of Masahiro Tanaka. The Japanese pitcher signed a seven-year $155 million contract with the Yankees, which includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year. In addition, $20 million will be paid to Tanaka's now former team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
As the Yankees head to the checkout, with a now almost-full cart, it's time to ask: what do you think of the move?
Last year, in the Pacific League of Japan's NPB, Tanaka had a 1.27 ERA in 27 starts. He also went 25-0 in the 2013 season while helping his team to their first ever Japan Series championship. In his seven-year career in NPB, the 25-year old had a 2.30 ERA and a 1.108 WHIP.
Seven years and $155 million is undoubtedly a lot of money for someone who had never pitched in the major leagues. However, this contract is a bit different in that it will begin in Tanaka's age 25 season, which is something that can't really be said about most big money signings.
Also, there is the opt-out clause. That could have the potential to burn the Yankees, should Tanaka live up to his potential. But as our own Jason points out, Tanaka would still be fairly young and the Yankees will have some money lying around if and when that happens. If Tanaka were to opt-out, that would probably mean he thinks he can get more than the $22 million per year in this current deal. If that's true, then the Yankees probably just got four seasons of some pretty great pitching, and that's certainly not a bad thing.
With all that in mind, what's your opinion on this move? Vote in the poll below and leave a comment telling us how and why you voted the way you did.
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