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Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, left, shakes hands with Yankees manager Joe Girardi during his introductory press conference in the Bronx on Feb. 11, 2014. (Photo: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Tanaka Tuesday! Yankees Introduce High-Priced Japanese Ace In Bronx

“This would make the Boss proud,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “This is Yankee big. This is Steinbrenner big.”


Catcher Kenji Johjima and pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, right, smile after the top of seventh inning of the World Baseball Classic Tokyo Round match between Japan and China at Tokyo Dome on March 5, 2009. (Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

Masahiro Tanaka Signs 7-Year, $155M Deal With Yankees

The Bronx is rejoicing! Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka has signed a seven-year deal with the Yankees, the team announced Wednesday.


Masahiro Tanaka (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Yankees Are Among Final Five Teams In Tanaka Race

According to a report on, the Yankees are one of five finalists in the running to sign Masahiro Tanaka.


Masahiro Tanaka pitches against Cuba during the fourth inning of Japan's first-round Pool A game in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)

Teams Lining Up To Make Pitch In Secretive Tanaka Sweepstakes

Masahiro Tanaka hit the ground running Wednesday with his first round of “clandestine meetings” in the U.S., according to WFAN and baseball insider Jon Heyman.


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

Sweeny: Rakuten Teammate Raves About ‘Bulldog’ Tanaka

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.


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

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

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 (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Report: Tanaka Will Cost A Minimum Of $17 Million Per Year

Masahiro Tanaka could command a total contract greater than $100 million and many teams are ready to meet the $20 million posting fee.


Masahiro Tanaka (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Yankees Are Prepared To Go The Extra Mile To Land Tanaka

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.


Masahiro Tanaka (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Posting Period For Japanese Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka Is Underway

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.


Masahiro Tanaka (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Let The Bidding Begin! Rakuten Says Tanaka Can Seek Career In MLB

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.


Kevin Youkilis (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)

Heyman: Ex-Yank Kevin Youkilis Agrees To Deal With Rakuten Golden Eagles

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.


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

Masahiro Tanaka’s Team Reportedly Won’t OK Move To MLB

The Yankees — and the rest of Major League Baseball — may have to wait another year for a shot at signing Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.