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The Cubs appealed to the ego, telling Anibal Sanchez he would be their primary building block – and not just another guy behind Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer with the Detroit Tigers.
The Cubs likely read from a similar script during their sales pitch to Masahiro Tanaka.
Last winter, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and chairman Tom Ricketts sat down at a Miami restaurant with Sanchez, his wife and his agent. The same day, general manager Jed Hoyer and then-manager Dale Sveum met with Edwin Jackson in Newport Beach, Calif.
Cubs fans already know how that turned out, and it’s worth remembering with Friday’s deadline approaching for Tanaka to make The Decision.
Tanaka’s camp, led by agent Casey Close, has instructed teams to keep this a confidential process. After a false report leaked on Twitter that the Cubs had made a deal with Sanchez (five years, $75 million), the Tigers stepped up with a five-year, $80 million contract in December 2012.
When the Tigers visit...
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Back in the early days of a posting conversation that seemed to have a new ‘lead candidate’ every day, we looked at Tanaka’s year one fantasy value in light of his transition from Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB. In short, the story is that most players who have come to the big leagues as part of the Japanese posting process have struggled in their first season; at least...
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com says that the Dbacks are out of the running for Masahiro Tanaka. It’s unclear if it’s because Tanaka has decided on another team of if the Dbacks just dropped out of the bidding.
It always seemed like Arizona was a long shot. Their pockets aren’t as deep as the Dodgers and the Yankees and, at least to the extent you can rely on such things, the reports...
The world can begin rotating again. The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes finally has concluded, as the Japanese ace has signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees are swinging for the fences in 2014, and Tanaka should make New York better despite the inherent risk that comes with signing a high-priced international free agent. But what exactly does...
The Yankees landed Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday to the tune of 7 years, $155 million. It’s a huge sum of money to pay for someone who has never pitched in the majors. But if anyone can take this type of gamble, it’s the Yankees.
But let’s be clear, it is indeed a gamble. For $155 million, you’d expect an ace level performance. And though the Yankees already have CC Sabathia...
I snickered upon hearing the New York Yankees would try to stay under the luxury-tax threshold because that sort of restraint isn't in their DNA. It's much more like them to produce a money bazooka in response to the Boston Red Sox winning a World Series.
That's exactly what happened Wednesday as word spread the Yankees had agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract...
The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
In addition to the deal with the 25-year-old right-hander, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
After missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, the Yankees went on a free-agent spending spree...
The Orioles have money to spend — perhaps as much as $17 million for this upcoming season — and are still looking to do so, according to the club's top executive.
Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday as the free-agent market appeared to open for a second act.
The ongoing negotiations with Tanaka...
So we know, now. It always looked like Masahiro Tanaka would get six or seven years, and an average annual value a little north of $20 million. There was little to guess about, with regard to his contract. The question was which team would end up being able to give it to him, and now […]
Masahiro Tanaka says he chose to play for the Yankees because they offered him the most among the teams who were chasing the star Japanese pitcher. Tanaka appreciated the Yankees presentation, that included a taped message from Hideki Matsui and an MTV “Cribs”-style tour of Yankee Stadium, during their two hour face time in Los Angeles earlier this month. But the 25-year-old...
Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal.
The deal includes an opt-out after the fourth year.
Tanaka, 25, has spent the past seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. This past season, he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.943 WHIP...
It has been a long time since any player has garnered as much attention and rumors from MLB as Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has, but a day after having the world totally confused with his asking of what Twitter picture to use, the player many in baseball believe can single handily turn a team around has finally made his decision.
It is official, the master of suspense Tanaka...
The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes are over and we have a winner! By agreeing to seven-year, $155 million contract the New York Yankees they have come to terms with free agent starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014
MLB Network’s and FoxSports.com insider Ken...
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has never thrown a pitch in an MLB game, but he is already the fifth-highest paid starting pitcher in league history. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Tanaka has signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees. A report last week indicated that the Chicago Cubs were […]
The New York Yankees have won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Bronx Bombers signed the coveted Japanese ace to a seven-year, $155 million dollar contract with an opt-out clause after the fourth year. BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January […]
The New York Yankees got the player they coveted the most. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Yankees and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a 7-year $155 million deal with the Yankees. BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014 Tanaka […]