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    Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/0...ro-tanaka.html
    The Yankees will sign Masahiro Tanaka to a massive seven-year, $155MM contract that contains an opt-out after the fourth season, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Tanaka is represented by Excel Sports Management -- the same agents that negotiated Clayton Kershaw's record-setting extension.

    Tanaka's contract is the largest ever open-market deal for a right-handed free agent pitcher and trails only CC Sabathia's $161MM contract (also issued by the Yankees) for largest free agent contract in history. In terms of "new money," Tanaka's deal eclipses all previous pitcher contracts with the exception of Kershaw and Sabathia. While the total contract values of Justin Verlander ($180MM) and Felix Hernandez ($175MM) both exceed $155MM, each of those deals was an extension on top of two guaranteed years, meaning they contain $140MM and $135.5MM of "new money," respectively, as outlined last year by MLBTR's Tim Dierkes.

    Of course, the Yankees are paying more than just $155MM for Tanaka, as they will also owe a $20MM posting fee to the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball -- Tanaka's former team in Japan. The Yankees are placing a great deal of faith in Tanaka, spending a Felix-Hernandez-sized investment in order to secure his services.

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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    I hope these opt-out clauses aren't the next big thing.

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    I hope he's a bust.
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    I hope does great and the Yankees tank anyway

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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    This should cause a domino effect with a bunch of FA signings in the next few days in baseball, including Arroyo.

    It could have an impact on Bailey if it leads him to communicate his expectations for a long term contract. That contract could be influenced by this signing.

    It could possibly have an indirect impact on the Reds since a number of teams will be involved in the last FA signings. Sometimes those signings lead to trades and maybe Reds participate.

    So we probably see a flurry of activity, who knows if Reds get involved in some way.
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    Always good to hope.
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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    If I understand it (I could barely care less about Tanaka), he's a low k control type pitcher, right? I put the odds at 20/80 he'll be worth the money.

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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that Tanaka will earn $22MM in each season of the contract except the final season, when his salary will jump to $23MM.

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    Tanaka gets $155M without ever playing.

    Mike Trout has made just over $1M in two seasons.

    Baseball is stupid and I hate how they scale pay.

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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    I hope these opt-out clauses aren't the next big thing.
    Depends on who has the option. I think it would be great for clubs be to able to opt out and get out from under a bad contract if the guy doesn't live up to what he's making.
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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Tanaka gets $155M without ever playing.

    Mike Trout has made just over $1M in two seasons.

    Baseball is stupid and I hate how they scale pay.
    Poor Mike Trout.

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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    At least it's not the Cubs or Dodgers. The Yankees offseason seems pretty silly- they've committed like $400 million without adding a single elite player.

    Doesn't bother me as long as they continue to play in the American League.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benihana View Post
    At least it's not the Cubs or Dodgers. The Yankees offseason seems pretty silly- they've committed like $400 million without adding a single elite player.

    Doesn't bother me as long as they continue to play in the American League.
    I'd call McCann elite at his position, especially given that he can move to DH in the AL.
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    Re: Yankees To Sign Masahiro Tanaka

    Quote Originally Posted by Plus Plus View Post
    I'd call McCann elite at his position, especially given that he can move to DH in the AL.
    Ellsbury is elite as well IMO

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