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Masahiro Tanaka Signs with New York Yankees

January 22nd, 2014 at 7:59 AM
By Jimmy Reynolds

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According to a report by Fox Sports, and confirmed by ESPN's Buster Olney, the New York Yankees have agreed to sign Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract. The deal is reported to include an opt-out close after the fourth year. 

This ends the rumors linking Tanaka to the Los Angeles Dodgers, though it does not signal the end of the Dodgers' dealings. The Dodgers have expressed interest in Bronson Arroyo this offseason, and their pursuit of Tanaka seemed to indicate a lack of faith in the rotation as it currently stands. 

Given that Tanaka fetched a deal worth over $22 million in average annual value, it seems relatively responsible of the Dodgers to pass on Tanaka, though rotation questions still remain.

Now that Tanaka is off the board, the free agent pitching dominoes will begin to fall. It should be an interesting week or two of signings, and expect the Dodgers to be involved in the pitching market going forward. 

Tags: Baseball, Bronson Arroyo, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York Yankees

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