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Reports: Yankees Among The First Teams To Contact Tanaka’s Reps

Tanaka Could Command Huge Contract Above $100 Million
Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees are among the first MLB clubs to reach out to Masahiro Tanaka’s representatives, according to multiple reports.

The prized 25-year-old Japanese ace went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA as a member of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013.

Any team hoping to land Tanaka will need to pay the $20 million posting fee plus a hefty contract that could go beyond $100 million.

Currently, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda are the only starters believed to be locks for the Yankees’ 2014 rotation.

The Bronx Bombers have already committed over $300 million in their offseason spending spree.¬†Tanaka would make an ideal addition to the Yankees’ rotation that requires an upgrade. He was a career 2.30 ERA pitcher in Japan and led the Golden Eagles to a Japan Series title.

Should the Yankees sign Tanaka, they would abandon their plans to keep their 2014 payroll below the $189 luxury tax threshold.

The 30-day posting period began on Thursday. Tanaka has until 5 pm. on January 24 to agree a contract with a major league team.

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