Masahiro Tanaka is a Japanese professional baseball starting pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.The Yankees and Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka have agreed on a seven-year, $155 million deal, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed.The deal also includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year.
Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings last season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. In his seven-year career in Nippon Professional Baseball, Tanaka was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. As I've pointed out before, he has the best track record of any pitcher coming to the U.S. from NPB.
Tanaka thrives with three plus pitches, according to scouting reports. He has a fastball that works up to the mid-90s, a devastating splitter that sits in the 85-90 range and a slider that sits in the low-80s.