Rodriguez had used the stall just to the side of the back entrance of the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field. There was no nameplate on it Friday and no uniforms hanging inside.
Tanaka threw two- and four-seam fastballs, splitters and sliders. Cervelli estimated Tanaka threw at about 60 percent strength, and he said pitcher Ivan Nova and coaches were around for the session.
After missing the playoffs for the second time in 19 years, the Yankees added pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, catcher Brian McCann and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran for a total commitment of $438 million.
A day after announcing this will be his final season, Derek Jeter was back to work at the New York Yankees’ minor-league complex.
“This would make the Boss proud,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is Yankee big. This is Steinbrenner big.”
While Craig got things started Tuesday morning, Boomer was still trying to make sense of what exactly happened last night at his house.
The new Yankees pitcher from Japan, set to be introduced to the media Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, reportedly spent $195,000 to charter a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Tokyo to New York.
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has obtained a work visa and could depart for the United States as early as Sunday.
“We each signed Japanese pitchers this week,” Alderson said. “They’re paying $155 million and we’re paying our guy month to month.”
Masahiro Tanaka follows Aaron Boone, Dave Righetti, Luis Sojo, Bob Turley and Robin Ventura as notable Yankees to wear the number 19.
The Yankees have traded left-hander David Huff to the Giants for cash, two days after he was designated for assignment by New York to make room for Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.
“The game is pitching,” Jeter said. “If you have great pitching, you always have an opportunity to win. From everything I’ve heard, he’s going to be quite an addition to our team.”
If Tanaka and his Beethovian six-pitch mound symphony can turn into a No. 1 or No. 2 rotation option immediately, his richness in texture and rhythm can transform last year’s also-ran into a contender. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.
It seems there is at least one player who is unimpressed by the Yankees’ offseason spending spree. Of course that player is on the Red Sox — the world champion Red Sox he might add.
It seems the Yankees were steadfast in their budgetary discipline. Until they weren’t. And thank goodness for that. Not only are we spoiled Yankees fans better off, but so is baseball.