Reports: Japan ace will cost big bucks; Yanks opening their checkbook
Signing Masahiro Tanaka will be an expensive endeavor.
Tanaka, who officially has been posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, is expected to cost a minimum of $17 million per year, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
The 30-day posting period for Tanaka began Thursday. Any major-league team can negotiate a contract with Tanaka as long as it’s willing to pay the Eagles a $20 million fee on top of whatever it agrees to pay the Japanese pitcher. It’s been speculated that Tanaka could earn a contract in excess of $100 million, and that possibility seems even greater if the starting price in negotiations indeed is $17 million annually.
Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with Rakuten in 2013. He is still just 25 years old and is viewed by many as a potential ace. The Yankees already have contacted Tanaka’s agent, Casey Close, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig. Close also represents Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.