The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes is finally over. After endless speculation about where the 25-year-old Japanese ace would sign, reports surfaced on Wednesday morning that Tanaka has agreed to sign with the New York Yankees.
Tanaka’s deal in the Big Apple will be worth a whopping $155 million over seven years.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports passed along the news.
BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014
Tanaka’s deal is the fifth richest for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history behind Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and C.C. Sabathia.
New York beat out the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs an many other teams who were actively involved in the Tanaka sweepstakes. The Yankees can now look forward to what could be one of the most impressive rotations in baseball.
Last season while with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka went an incredible 24-0 while posting a 1.27 ERA.