The Yankees and Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka have agreed on a seven-year, $155 million deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. The deal also includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year.
Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings last season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. In his seven-year career in Nippon Professional Baseball, Tanaka was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.
The Yankees also owe the Golden Eagles a $20 million posting fee. Not only that, but the Yankees have now surpassed the $189 million luxury tax threshold, so they were awfully serious about landing Tanaka.
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