For the first time since 1997 the Yankees have acquired the most hyped Japanese pitcher on the market. That's where the similarities between Masahiro Tanaka and Hideki Irabu should start and end though. We hope.
The signing of Masahiro Tanaka officially puts an end to the Yankees' plan to avoid a large luxury tax hit in 2014. Fielding a competitive team was more important than saving a few dollars, at least for this season.