NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Bronx is rejoicing!
Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka has signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees, the team announced Wednesday.
Tanaka’s contract is worth $155 million and contains a full no-trade clause, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman. He will be able to opt out after the 2017 season.
His decision reportedly came down to five finalists: the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. The heavily courted starting pitcher was facing a Jan. 24 deadline to sign with an MLB team or return to pitch in Japan.