Found January 23, 2014 on Sports-Glory:

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 right hander ultimately signed on to play in the Bronx because the Yankees made him one of the richest pitchers in history. “They gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team,” Tanaka told the Associated Press in Japan on Thursday. “I don’t speak English, so I’ll just have to win the trust and confidence of the fans with my performance on the field,” he added. Tanaka signed a seven year, $155 million deal that includes an opt-out clause that can be exercised after the 2017 season.  He will also will be granted a full no-trade clause. “That was our one shot, and we took it very seriously,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “It might have been overkill, but we felt like if that’s the case, we’d rather go all out 


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