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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Yankess Land Tanaka

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Yankees Land Tanaka

A year removed from missing the playoffs for the first time in years the New York Yankees needed to make a big splash this off season. They took a plunge with catcher Brian McCann, make a little wake stealing center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from rival Boston but really needed a move to rock the boat in the AL East. 

A small craft advisory has officially been issued and its cause is coming all the way from Japan.

The New York Yankees won the sweepstakes for star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday signing the right hander to a seven year $155 million dollar contract. The prize of the 2014 off-season, Tanaka was highly coveted by at least 10 known teams.

The 25 year old was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season for the the Rakuten Golden Eagles, who will receive a $20 million posting fee. 

The Yankees have been very active this off-season. The signings of McCann, Ellsbury and now Tanaka total $491 million. It appears the Yankees are returning to the Yankees of old. Hey, can you blame them? If it worked back in the Championship years, why not bring it back. Publicly, they had said they were going to try to keep the team under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. It was their rational for not resigning Robinson Cano. That thought process has clearly been thrown out the door at this point.

The Yankees have a strong history with players coming over from Asian markets. Hideki Matsui, Chien-Ming Wang and Hideki Irabu have been some of the more notable successes they have had in past years. They certainly hope that trend continues now with Tanaka.

Watch out AL East. The waters just got a little more choppy.

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