He said the mainstay of the Yankees’ pitching rotation for the past seven seasons is Masahiro Tanaka, who will return to play in Japan on Thursday.
Tanaka set the Japanese baseball set in 2013 when he went 24–0 with a 1.27 earned run average for the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles. He plans to rejoin the Golden Eagles for 2021.
That remarkable 2013 season made Tanaka a hot commodity among major league teams, and the deep-pocketed Yankees landed him with a seven-year, $ 155 million contract. As part of the deal, he also paid a $ 20 million posting fee to Tanaka’s old team.
Tanaka was initially to win six consecutive seasons with the Yankees before going 3-3 in the 2020 season as the franchise’s new ace. Despite never living up to his advance billing, he made two All-Star teams and had four opening days at Yankari. He finished his career in New York with a record of 78–46 and 3.74 ERA
Tanaka was 5-4 in the playoffs with a 3.33 ERA. His postmarton performances were nearly all excellent until 2020, when he gave up six runs in four innings against Cleveland in a wild-card series and scored five runs in four innings against Tampa in one start in the division series, which was lost by the Yukans.
A right-handed player, he was also a member of the Japan team at the World Baseball Classic, winning gold medals in 2009 and bronze in 2013.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to take the field as a member of the New York Yankees and play in front of all my passionate fans,” Tanaka said in a statement on Thursday.
After the team’s ace Gerrit Cole due to Tanaka’s defeat, the Yankees rotate with many question marks.
They Jameson traded for Tillon The Pirates have last weekend, but he is recovering from elbow surgery. Luis Severino has missed the most with injuries in the last two seasons and may miss part of this one. Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner whose signature became official on Wednesday, nearly missed a shoulder injury until 2020. Two unproven starts, Devi Garcia and Jordan Montgomery, completed the projected rotation.
The acquisition of Kluber and Tillon in particular suggests that the Yankees were not focused on re-signing the 32-year-old Tanaka. Although other teams were interested in the major leagues, Tanaka opted to return to Japan.
The Yankees, known for spending enough capital to get players every off season, have been a bit more frugal by their standards this year. For example, Tilon is on contract for only $ 2.25 million this year – a portion of Tanaka’s earnings – and is also under team control for 2022. And Adam Olavino, a solid reliever, was traded to the Boston Red Sox this month that amounted to a salary dump.
This left little room for Tanaka, who was reportedly demanding an eight-figure salary. Yet, even after he leaves, the Yankees remain in the payroll In the highest.