Rakuten Golden Eagles
“This would make the Boss proud,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is Yankee big. This is Steinbrenner big.”
The Bronx is rejoicing! Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka has signed a seven-year deal with the Yankees, the team announced Wednesday.
According to a report on NikkanSports.com, the Yankees are one of five finalists in the running to sign Masahiro Tanaka.
Masahiro Tanaka hit the ground running Wednesday with his first round of “clandestine meetings” in the U.S., according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
To learn more about the next potential star import from Japan, I recently got some thoughts from ex-Yankee Darrell Rasner, who has watched Masahiro Tanaka up close for the past five years.
Any team hoping to land Tanaka will need to pay the $20 million posting fee plus a contract that could go beyond $100 million.
Masahiro Tanaka could command a total contract greater than $100 million and many teams are ready to meet the $20 million posting fee.
Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti was a guest on WFAN with Jody McDonald on Thursday and said the Bombers have been waiting for this opportunity for some time and plan on sealing the deal.
If Tanaka and a major-league team come to terms, that franchise is required to pay his Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, a posting fee, now capped at $20 million.
Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to move to the majors next season after his Japanese team. the Rakuten Golden Eagles, announced Wednesday it was prepared to let him leave, reversing its earlier rejection.
The 2007 Gold Glove Award winner was limited by injuries in his lone season in the Bronx. He played in just 28 games, hitting .219 with two homers and eight RBIs.
The Yankees — and the rest of Major League Baseball — may have to wait another year for a shot at signing Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.