Tanaka to the Bronx
To the surprise of pretty much no one, the New York Yankees signed the biggest prize in the pitching market, Masahiro Tanaka, to a 7 year, $155 million deal. Add in the $20m posting fee, and that’s a total of $175m committed to the 25 year old righty. That’s a bit more than Dave’s guess or the Fangraphs’ community estimate, but it’s certainly in the ballpark. The AAV is quite close, it’s just that Tanaka signed for a seventh year.
Anyway, Tanaka isn’t coming to Seattle, and while we never really thought that was likely, it’s too bad. Tanaka would’ve bumped the M’s chances at a wild card considerably, although he’s still a considerable risk. Hopefully, we’ll now see a run on the remaining free agent pitchers like Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez, and we’ll get a better sense of the M’s 2014 roster.