Top Masahiro Tanaka News

  • Masahiro Tanaka: Makes return to Japan official

    Tanaka announced Thursday via his personal Twitter account that he agreed to a contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. According to the Kyodo News, Tanaka's contract is a two-year, $17.2 million deal that includes additional incentives.

    As anticipated, Tanaka will return to his native country after he couldn't find a deal to his liking in MLB after becoming a free agent this winter. Tanaka's move to Japan officially ends a seven-year run with the Yankees, with whom he went 78-46 with a 3.74 ERA and 8.4 K/9 across 174 outings while picking up two All-Star nods along the way. Given that he'll be 34 years old by the time his deal with the Golden Eagles expires, it's more likely than not that his time in North America is over.

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  • Masahiro Tanaka: Could end up overseas

    Tanaka is in contract negotiations with his former Nippon Professional League team, the Rakuten Eagles, Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com reports.

    Tanaka hasn't drawn nearly as much interest as anticipated from major-league teams so far this offseason in free agency, and it's now been reported that the right-hander is in advanced negotiations with the Eagles. According to Caldera, Tanaka could receive an offer as early as this week. While a return to the major leagues certainly can't be ruled out at this point, it seems as though it's more likely that he ends up in the Nippon Professional League.

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  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Hurt by long ball in Game 3

    Tanaka took the loss during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays on Wednesday after surrendering five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk over four innings.

    The right-hander generated 11 swinging strikes on 73 pitches, but Kevin Kiermaier's three-run homer during the fourth inning and Randy Arozarena's solo shot in the fifth doomed the outing. Tanaka also struggled in his first postseason start as he gave up six runs against the Indians. The 31-year-old's seven-year, $155 million deal concludes at the end of the season, and he may have made his last start for the Yankees with the team on the brink of elimination.

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  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Starting Game 3 of ALDS

    Tanaka will start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays on Wednesday, Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com reports.

    Tanaka was knocked around by the Indians in his first start of the 2020 postseason, surrendering six runs over four innings of work. Despite a rough showing Thursday, the right-hander was reliable for New York during the regular season, posting a 3.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with a 44:8 K:BB across 48 frames. The Yankees will hand the ball to Gerrit Cole in Game 1 and Deivi Garcia in Game 2.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 218 lbs
Birthplace: Itami, Hyogo, Japan
Age: 33
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R