The New York Yankees have signed Japanese starting pitcher Mashairo Tanaka to a 7-year $155 million deal, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014
The Yankees were always seen as one of the frontrunners to land the services of the former Japanese star, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League.
Though the Yanks always expressed interest in the foreign star, questions about how it would impact their salary for this year with the luxury tax threshold at $189 million remained. The details aren’t available just as yet, so it will be interesting to see how this shakes out for the 2014 season.
The Yanks have made Tanaka the 5th-highest paid starter in MLB. He has an opt-out after the 4th year of the deal.