Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka agree to seven-year, $155 million deal

Feb 28, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; A detail of a New York Yankees logo painted on the field for a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at George Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.

Topics: Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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