Jan
22

Yankees to sign Masahiro Tanaka

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The Yankees have reportedly won the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes. Ken Rosenthal reports that they have agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract, with an opt-out after 2017. Counting the $20 million posting fee, that amounts to seven years and $175 million, or precisely what they were offering Robinson Cano earlier this off-season.

Mike already told you everything there is to know about Tanaka, so now seems like as good a time as any for a refresher. NPB Tracker also has a nice breakdown of Tanaka’s pitch data and game logs from the past few years, though it does not include 2013 data.

The new posting system, combined with the Yankees’ desperate need for another starting pitcher, created this situation. In the past the Yankees might have bid $75 million and worked out a $50 or $60 million contract. Just yesterday Joel Sherman wondered if the Yankees’ financial advantages might not be the same as in the past: “And is it possible there are organizations beyond the Dodgers ready to do the monetary staredown with the Yanks?” Apparently not.

The Yankees have now spent $474 million this off-season, and they might not be done. Now that they’re over the luxury cap, they can continue flexing their muscles by spending money to fill the current roster holes. The next few weeks could get interesting.

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  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Earthquaaaaaaaake!

    Nice. Got it done.

    • Gerald Williams

      YEA!!!! Nice work Yanks!!! Very pleased!

  • jjyank

    FUCK YES!!!

  • Hans Moleman

    Wooooooooooo!

  • Nate

    Made my day

  • Pinkie Pie

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    • John C

      Pop the Champagne cork!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    *RAB Breaks*

    Awesome, awesome, awesome signing.

  • UncleArgyle

    You Got No MARBLES!!!!!!!!

  • cheddar

    I’m dancing like Agarn and the Hekawis in the F-Troop intro.

  • blee

    22+ mil a year?! omfg… ugh I wanted yanks to sign him so bad… but this is.. .is…. insanity!.. i expected 15ish.. 18 max… wow…

    • jjyank

      What? How could you expect 15-18 a year when it’s been reported he would get 20+ for weeks now?

      • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

        Blee’s internet was down. For two months.

      • blee

        i heard the 20 mil rumors.. i just refused to believe it.

        • jjyank

          Well that’s your prerogative. I don’t get how you could be even remotely surprised when it was consistently reported that 20+ a year is what it would take, and what was offered by several teams.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s because of the cap on posting fees…they probably would have spent roughly this anyway, but instead of the Eagles getting an extra $30 mil, it goes to Tanaka.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        This is a great way of looking at it, actually.

      • lightSABR

        Right, and that sucks for us because the money to the Eagles doesn’t count against the luxury tax.

    • blee

      kid’s gonna need a lot of support… that’s a lot of pressure to put on a rookie 25 yr old pitcher.. coming to a new league, country… w/ the pressure of 155 million dollars and his entire country watching his every move…

      oy… i’m scared.

      • Mike

        Ichiro and Kuroda, I assume, will be his best friends and a huge help with his transition

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        The Yanks can easily slot him in the middle of the rotation at first behind Kuroda and Lebron James…..wait, that’s not Lebron?

        He’s got a cushion unless the others all start trending badly from the start.

      • The Great Gonzo

        Also… thousands of ballplayers come from foreign lands to play baseball. They have “alot of Support”…. from the other 24 guys in that locker room.

        And, this goes without saying, but he was under the brightest lights in Japan. Like, 3 months ago… I think he ‘gets it’…

        All this to say this angle is overrated.

        • Nigel Bangs

          +1

          • trr

            He’ll be fine, the pressure won’t be a problem, just hoping he will make a fast adjustment to the American game, and live up to expectations. My take is that he will, and I’m looking forward to good things from Mt. T!

      • MD

        I was thinking the same. This is more than him coming here. The leap in salary is probably higher than any MLB FA I can think of. New land, private jet money, a Matsui-like entourage and the NYC media scrutinizing every pitch. Tough when everyone questions why you’re struggling after one mediocre start/loss.

        And Randy Levine texting to him “You’re gonna win tonite, right? RIGHT?!? You never lost in Japan, remember?!” without him understanding the language.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s insanity.

      It’s also the brave new world people were saying the Yanks weren’t willing to play in and were going to fall behind.

      • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

        It was a fear, not a statement of fact. Also, I’d be more confident that the Yanks wanted to play the same game as the Dodgers had they signed Cano. (The Dodgers would also now sign Balfour and Garza btw).

  • I’m One

    Yesss!!! Now go sign a solid bullpen arm and another starter wouldn’t hurt either. $189M is blown, so it’s time to go for it and sign another player or two that will provide significant contributions over the next 3-6 years.

  • John S.

    Wow. That’s a lot of money for a pitcher who is a bit of a question mark. At least we know the 189 plan is done.

    • Pinkie Pie

      I think this is a risk they had to take.

    • Betty Lizard

      Much rather have a big risk and the possibility of a big failure than the boredom of mediocrity.

      • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

        Like.

      • lightSABR

        Yup. There are no sure-win strategies, but not signing him was a sure-lose one.

  • Ace Rodriguez

    Cashman faile-succeeded!

  • Dan

    I am so psyched. It’s huge money, but this is the first time all offseason I’ve been thinking they’re a playoff team. RIP $189m.

    Now sign all remaining players.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Woohoo. Now just need a RP and a 3B/ backup 1B and the Yankees are set.

  • sevrox

    phawk it – ain’t mah money

    • Evil Yankee Universe

      Seriously who gives a shizzle what they spend as long as they keep tick prices for the 99 percent where they are (I’m talking nose bleed…the rest are already beyond me) …. Oh yeah please don’t make Yes channel an hbo premium channel either… Other than that Stenbrenners vault is open for tha taking …. Robbie is gonna be sorry…(on his way to the bank)

  • John C

    KNew they’d have to give him an opt out.

  • Dr TJ Eckleberg

    Having a monumentally shitty day at work, it’s amazing how this makes it all better.

    • Pete

      Wow, only 48 minutes in and it’s already “monumentally shitty”…?

      Tell us where you work so we’ll all never EVER apply there. ;-)

      • Col. John Matrix

        Sewage treatment plant. Where else?

      • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo

        48 Minutes in? Are there actually “9-5″ jobs out there anymore? By 10 I’m usually a few hours into my work day already.

        But, hey, this made my day too. Really wasn’t expecting to pull up the news and see this. New fan confidence poll?

        • Pete

          >> Are there actually “9-5? jobs out there anymore?

          In a matter of speaking. For those of us with kids who need school drop-off, it always starts a little later anyway.

      • Eselquetodolosabe

        “Shitty day at work” …., he’s obviously a proctologist ! Hang “in there” brother…., and make sure you change those gloves !

  • Yankeefan91

    yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • BB

    Igawa 2.0? Let’s hope not for that dough.

    • Pete

      If that’s the case, everyone involved needs to go, immediately.

      • Poconos Adam

        I don’t follow this comment….so you’re saying that IF the player that EVERYONE says will be a solid MLB pitcher flames out, the current management should be fired?

        …and if they let him sign somewhere else for the same money, or a little less, would you have said “management has got to go?”

        • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

          Yes. He would say that.

        • Pete

          My only point was this – if Tanaka, for $22 million a year, only pitches as well as Igawa, everyone involved should be held accountable and have their baseball credentials removed.

          Are you too young to rememeber Kei Igawa? That was (only) $20 million for 5 years and we *still* can’t stop referencing the guy.

  • BamBamMusings

    Thank You Ownership!

    • Havok9120

      Really though.

      Steins and Cashman making it rain.

      • lightSABR

        I never stop smiling about the Yankees’ GM being named CASHman. I’m glad he’s living up to the name again.

  • Andrew

    Hope somebody bolted down all the chairs in the Cubs’ executive offices. Theo tends to get a little angry when things like this don’t go his way.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Evil Empire does it again!

    • Laz

      Hide the gorilla costume.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Side note: Logan Forsythe traded to Rays for PTBNL. That option off the board.

    • Slugger27

      dont take this as an attack, cuz it isnt.

      ….but nobody cares

      • Dalek Jeter

        +1

        I cared a little when I first saw it this morning, but Tanaka is way, way more important.

        • Poconos Adam

          +2 same.

    • The Great Gonzo

      This is news we’ll have to discuss later. We’re kind of in the middle of a thing here

      • BK2ATL

        LOL!!!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Hence: “side note”

  • Anthony

    So glad I was wrong!!! TANAK

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      I’d say “Remember this next time”, but you won’t.

      • Anthony

        I just didn’t have a good feeling about Tanaka. Glad I was wrong

        • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

          “Not having a good feeling” and “posting every single rumor I can possibly find to confirm my relentless negativity” are not the same thing.

          • Anthony

            Was just sharing ALL rumors that were passed on my timeline. Didn’t do it with the other guys because I was fairly confident NYY was going to get them. I felt differently about Tanaka. Like I said, glad I was wrong

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      S’all good. What’s important is that you’re correct right now.

      Thank you for introducing me to all those random Chicago beat writers and free paper reporters.

      • Anthony

        LOL no problem.

    • Havok9120

      Me too. It is a glorious day in Yankeeland.

  • Chris G

    That’s a lot for a guy who never pitched a day in the Majors.
    I heard the Yankees either wanted to be under or go way over the tax cap. It will be interesting to see if the Yankees go after any of the other starters.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Too bad Cano isn’t still available. $300mm payroll FTW.

    • http://www.thewebsitemarketingagency.com Geno

      Yep, I think he owes Darvish a few bottles of champagne.

  • The Great Gonzo

    OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD

  • Kosmo

    I have to say I´m not the least bit surprised. This is a one of a kind signing. 22 million per year. Crazy dough.

  • jsbrendog

    man I have wanted tatanka to become a Yankee since I was a child.

    wait….what?

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Stands with fist.

      • Oops I Crapped My Pants

        two fists in the air….and two middle fingers

      • Oops I Crapped My Pants

        Stands with two fists….and two middle fingers raised.

        Can I get a “hell ya” ?

      • Wheels

        Kicking bird.

      • Vincent Vega

        Tanakatonka

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Everyone, indeed, has a price for the Million Dollar Man.

    • Chip Rodriguez

      I wanted Tatanka, but he sold out to the Million Dollar Man.

  • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

    Contemplating a change of handle to something along the lines of BOOYAH MUTHA FUCKA but am on the fence.

    Firm 5, trending higher. From here on out it depends on the performance and/or health of CC, Teix, Jeter, Ells and Beltran. But I’m finally feeling like we are better than a .500 team, or at least have the honest potential to be so.

    • Pinkie Pie

      While this was a great acquisition, just like after the last three signings, I hope the Yankees don’t stand pat and feel as if they’ve done enough. We still need a viable 3B, and a backup at SS and another solid SP wouldn’t hurt either.

      • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

        Agreed. They ain’t done (or ought not be) but I think pretty much all the good fruit has been picked thus far. Of everyone left, no FA would make me “happy” as in really change my outlook for 2014. I guess Balfour would. Am I missing anyone else? Too bad Cano isn’t still available.

        • Pinkie Pie

          Garza? He has AL East experience and isn’t prone to blowing up like Jimenez and Ervin Santana are. He’d make a fine #3.

          • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

            Fair. I guess I’d add him to the happy list.

            Amazing: including the posting fee we have now committed $503 million so far this off season. Over half a billion. Jeez. If we’d have signed Cano it’d be 3/4 of a billion.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            Eh.

            Jimenez really had one terrible year, but otherwise has been equal to or better than Garza, albeit in easier divisions.

            I’d be OK with either, or neither, at this point.

          • KyleLitke

            Garza is injured a lot and gives up a ton of home runs (not as many as Ervin, but way more than people seem to think). I’d take him for a fair price, but I sincerely doubt they can get him for a reasonable price.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Another reliever. Try and see what we can pry loose for the infield. Continue to stock up some nice depth in AAA. Other than that, these are your 2014 New York Yankees.

          • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

            Yup.

  • Oops I Crapped My Pants

    LOVE IT!!!!!

    Its a lot of dough but the Yankees stepped up. Makes this offseason very sweet.

  • Dutch Yankee

    Please let this be one of this godfather-cashman days where we find out he’s also signed Jimenez 2/30 and trades for Headley

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      It crossed my mind.

  • Frank

    Insanity. What an overpay for an unproven pitcher. But that’s the price you pay when you can’t develop players.

    • TopChuckie

      The Dodgers develop a lot of players and they were reportedly right there in the mix. Go figure.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        BOOM GOES TEH NARRATIVE

      • Get Phelps Up

        The same for the Cubs.

    • lightSABR

      Trying to develop players – especially with our bad draft position – is a much bigger crapshoot than signing one of the best pitchers in Japanese history.

      A pitcher who, incidentally, didn’t cost us a draft pick to sign. Can’t complain about that.

  • Beantown Bombers Fan

    I’m sorry, Hal. Spend! Spend! Spend!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    $175M is a shit ton for any pitcher, much less one who has never thrown a single MLB pitch.

    Not my money and they definitely needed the pitching help though.

    Now about that bullpen…

    And that IF…

    • Pinkie Pie

      UH OH, YOU JUST SAID THE MAGIC WORDS…..

  • who are yu

    could’ve had yu.

  • TWTR

    HAL!

  • pat

    Don’t like the opt out. But you gotta do what you gotta do. Could end up being a good thing.

    More importantly, WE’RE BAAAAAAAAAAACk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Opt outs are never good when the player elects to use it. “Best” case is it means more years and more money ala CC because he will have earned it. If CC pitches out his contract like he did in 2013 then that won’t turn out so well. To put it mildly.

  • Bruce

    Soooo…. freaking happy. A lot of money, but it’s not mine. Anyone questioning Hal’s commitment now? I think we’re good for SPs. Give the kids a chance for #5. Focus on 3B and RP options unless anyone wants to see a lot of money go out the window along with Ervin Santana’s fastballs flying over the right field fence.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yeah. I’m perfectly fine with creating a lane for Pineda or Banuelos to work their way in. Time to focus on other things.

      All five rotation spots still have questions, but I like our chances with the risk being spread out a bit. Not everyone is going to trend badly here, and the upside is pretty massive.

  • HectorLopez

    This is exactly how I felt when we signed Catfish. But understand, we still don’t have enough. One more #4 pitcher and I’ll feel secure. Arroyo?

  • McLovin

    Got heem!

    • Mikhel

      Millar is gonna be pissed and will more likely than not, begin to rant on yankee acquisitions… as if his loved red sux don’t do that every year.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Millar doesn’t rant against the Yanks for that. Rose is the one that does that.

  • Jim

    Awesome! This just made my day!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Oh happy day.

    I might even tongue kiss Farewell Mo, I’m so happy.

    Welcome aboard, Tanaka, Tanaka wife, Tanaka Twitter avatar, and everything motherfucking Tanaka.

    I’d like to thank everyone involved in the process on here, from Mike to jjyank and The Great Gonzo to Betty Lizard and her poerty prowess but, really, I’d like to thank Anthony the most. Anthony, you were our rock. You made it all safe and soft and not as scary. I accept this award on behalf of Masahiro Tanaka.

    He better be good.

    • Pinkie Pie

      Hear, hear!

    • The Great Gonzo

      Holy shit. This is brilliant.

    • jjyank

      I was gonna asked why I was thanked, since I’ve been a bit of a ghost here lately.

      But then I remembered. I gave Tanaka his physical. I am a doctor, you know.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        You’re always fucking thanked.

        You even OS’ed the dude who invented OS. That’s hardcore.

        • jjyank

          Hah I forgot about that guy. What can I say, JJ is OG.

    • Havok9120

      Well played, Fish-Fingers.

      Well played.

      • Pinkie Pie

        Jorge Steinbrenner is Robinson Tilapia? I was wondering what he changed his handle to…

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Yessir.

          This is actually the first handle I ever used on any Yankee site, so it’s just reverting back to the original.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Oh shit! I was wondering where you were, RT(/JJS). I guess I missed the switch when I took a break for football season/Robbie mourning.

    • Anthony

      You are welcome!

  • Dicka24

    Well, its not my money. Happy to have him even if the comtract is a bit insane. This should also mean signing Balfour to close.

    40 man roster move is?

    • FLYER7

      40 man roster move is? Flores or Huff…

  • Elan

    DAY MADE!!! Welcome to NY!

  • HectorLopez

    Is there any secondary source beyond Rosenthal?? Has anybody seen this reported independently elsewhere?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      yes

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’m reporting it. BOOM.

    • Luisergi

      NY Times App

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Dan Gen and his 189 posts can eat the biggest bag of dicks ever.

    • jjyank

      All the bags of dicks.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Lulz. $503mm committed this of season, and counting. Balfour, Garza, and call it a day?

      • Havok9120

        I’d prefer Jiminez over Garza and then add Drew to the list if it were me, but yeah, you’ve got the gist of the best case scenario.

        I would not be overly offended if they just guys from the next tier down though.

        • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

          Forgot about Drew (oops). But yeah I hear you. I think we’re more or less done with name-y guys.

  • Deuces Wild

    Letsssssssss Gooooooo!!!! I’m so happy we got it done I don’t care if it’s 155 mil. Good job cash now that the 189 plan is out the window the next few days are going to be just as exciting! Get one of Jimenez or garza plus Balfour and maybe drew. Either way were going to the World Series!

  • Wheels

    awesome!

  • PaulP

    Breaking News, out of Chicago there are reports of Theo trashing a hotel room. Meanwhile an unnamed Chicago Cubs executive is quoted “The Evil Empire strikes again!”

    • Dalek Jeter

      Please, please, please let this be true. Its funny, even as a joke, but oh my god if it’s true.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      My favorite part of being a Yankee fan is going to Camden Yards(baltimore resident) and hearing the Imperial March when they announce the Yankees lineup.

      • Havok9120

        I had no idea they did this.

        Fantastic.

        • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

          Fuck. They should so that in YS. Embrace that shit.

          • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

            *do that

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            Definitely.

          • Havok9120

            Yup

          • lightSABR

            They have embraced it, or at least the legal department has. Some smaller business wanted to call themselves “baseball’s evil empire,” and the Yankees sued, leading to this delightful quote in the court’s opinion:

            “In short, the record shows that there is only one Evil Empire in baseball and it is the New York Yankees.”

            • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

              “…and you sir are no Evil Empire!”

  • JLC 776

    So now that we’ve blown by $189M, can we go batshit crazy buy up (checks free agent list)… never mind.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah. Not much appealing left. Drew, Jiminez, and Balfour are the entirety of my wish list, and I doubt any of it will happen.

  • CashmanNinja

    YES YES YES YES YESSSSS YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS YESSSSSSSS

    Off to work I go with a fucking smile on my face!!!

  • jjyank

    So much for his destiny with the Cubs, eh? Maybe next time we’ll all count rumors as…ya know, rumors? Ah, who the fuck am I kidding.

  • rek4gehrig

    friggin awesome

  • jason

    Brian Cashman should win the first Annual General Manager Brian Cashman Leadership Award.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      You win the internet.

    • jjyank

      I laughed.

  • Jeff

    Love that move a lot but if they don’t fix that bullpen I don’t care how many tanakas we sign it won’t matter. But still good signing

  • Dan

    What does everyone think is next? I would be shocked if they didn’t sign one of the remaining FA RPs. Balfour or Rodney?

    • HectorLopez

      Arroyo??

      • Dan

        I’d rather keep the 5th spot open and see if someone (Pineda) can break out and be more than a number 5 starter.

        How about Drew?

        • HectorLopez

          I didn’t think they liked Drew’s price because of $189. Maybe now that 189 is exploded the floodgates will open and we’ll get everybody we want. Drew could be truly important if Jete goes down again.

          • HectorLopez

            By the way, you might be one of the only people besides me who has a twinkle in his eye for Pineda. I’m telling you, they shouldn’t assess him so low. He had enormous promise and could just be the great diamond in the coal mine of our in house talent.

            • Dan

              I agree on Pineda. I want to see what he can do 2 years removed from surgery. I don’t want to block the 5th rotation spot, I want to give him the opportunity to earn it and see if that top of the rotation starter we thought we were getting is out there.

              They have pitching holes (1 or 2 relievers), the number 5 spot is not a hole on this team.

          • lightSABR

            My suspicion is that they don’t like Drew because they’re hoping to sign better infielders next year – Chase Headley, etc. – and don’t want one of the positions locked down by Drew on a four-year contract.

            If he’d take a rich one-year deal, I have to think they’d be interested.

  • mustang

    That’s a total of $483MM in guaranteed money, and the free agent spending jumps to more than half a billion dollars when factoring in Tanaka’s $20MM posting fee !!!!!

    Back to Yankees DNA!!!!!!

    Even with all the MLB walls being put up when the Yankees want something they get it!!

    THE BIG DOG IS IN THE HOUSE!!!

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      Amen!

    • mustang

      Anthony, Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead, Jorge Steinbrenner, Havok9120 and so on. Rejoice my Yankees Bros because today regardless of how we got here we once are again The Evil Empire…cue the music please.

      • jjyank

        Sure feels good to spend half a billion dollars, eh?

      • Anthony

        I was as wrong as I could be. Incredibly happy. Today is a great day.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead
      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        DUM duh DUM DUM
        DUM duh DUM DUM

      • Havok9120

        *dances on desk*

      • lightSABR

        I’ve been smiling for two solid hours since I found out. It’s about time the front office realized that they didn’t get to be America’s most valuable sports franchise by skimping on free agent deals and staying under cap!

  • Mike

    I said we’d get him if we offered 160/8, but we got him for even less. Sounds like he took a discount to come here. Nice.

  • Mikhel

    100+ comments in a matter of minutes!!! This has to be a record for River Avenue Blues!!

  • http://gorobonow.com Jorell

    I just punched the air 12 times. YESYESYESYESYES.

  • Dean

    Sign Balfour and call it an offseason. Trade for Headley at the deadline and we’ll see you in late October.

  • Franko

    I hope they took the chairs out of Theo’s office.

  • jay destro

    #TANAK

  • Dalek Jeter

    Maybe it’s just the Japanese league is more contact-oriented, but I’m surprised his K/9 is so low with what a lot of people consider the best splitter on the planet.

  • JohnC

    Everyone ready for the Yankee hating MLB and ESPN experts who will be ripping this signing apart very shortly?

    • Mike

      Why would they rip this deal apart? He’s a 25 yr old #1 – #2 type pitcher. We got him for a bargain.

      • JohnC

        because is the Yankees, the Evil Empire

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      As Dalek said above, just look at the extra 3-4 million per year as what would have been, in the past, a posting fee.

  • CelerinoSanchez

    Ahhhh sooooo!

  • Hugh Dervish

    Yu wants to renegotiate ASAP.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Cashman failed!

    Because he didn’t ask my opinion first!!!!

    No one does that to the Macho Man “Randy Levine!”

  • Monterowasdinero

    Very excited. He will be worth it to a team like the Yanks. Now let’s get Morales or Montero for some more pop and 1B (Yes 1B Montero-bashers) backup. Concerned about Tex…

    • mustang

      Wow you just don’t give up.

      • jjyank

        He’s dedicated, I’ll give him that.

      • mustang

        but today why not just bring on Montero

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I actually appreciate him for this.

        • Monterowasdinero

          Thanks. Hey you related to George Posada?

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            HAHAHA.

            If I have the story straight, my stepmom’s dad knew Posada’s dad in Cuba.

    • Bo Knows

      Will you change your name to masahiroismyhiro?

      • monterowasdinero

        Sure. If his stuff is electric and his splitter drops 2 feet in the strike zone…

      • Pinkie Pie

        +lol

  • Bobby D

    Great signing!! They needed starting pitching badly and this is a step in the right direction. Sign one more starter and a closer and I think they will be a legitamate World Series calliber team. But they must not stop now. Finish the deal!!

  • Mandy Stankiewicz

    Checks Sportscenter app on commute
    *Air hi-fives random strangers waiting for the C train*

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      They’re going to be waiting a while. I was 45 minutes late to work because of the C Train.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        I take it from Queens G -> C
        Not bad this morning!

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I take it deeper into Brooklyn on days when I don’t drive. Train wasn’t terrible. Walk to train was brutal.

  • Baked McBride

    That’s alot of bread for someone who we all hope will be a dominant #3 in the AL East. Oh well, it’s better than letting him go to the competition

    • Mike

      I agree, I really didn’t want him to go to the Cubs either.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Is there such a thing as a dominant #3?

      • lightSABR

        Yes: Cole Hamels in 2011.

  • JGYank

    Yes!!! Thank God. Now our rotation may not be so bad after all.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow, great news to wake up to! A lot, but as others have said, it’s not my money!

    So much for him going to the Cubs or Dodgers and the Yankees going for 189 at the expense of winning! Maybe Hal was actually telling the truth when he said it was a goal, not a mandate.

    • jjyank

      +1

  • mitch

    Pumped right now…it’s always awkward when stuff like this happens when i’m at work. Very tough to bottle the excitement.

  • entonces

    I take back any negative comments I’ve made about Hal’s willingness to spend and eagerness to win.

    • lightSABR

      I don’t. He was a moron for a couple of years. I’m glad declining revenues made him see the light.

  • BK2ATL

    I love it. Cashman and crew got it done. Welcome to NYC, Tanaka!!! CC, Kiroda, Tanaka, Nova, and one of Phelps/Pineda/Nuno/Warren. I’m much more okay with that.

    Now on to Balfour and Jeff Baker. I now have a strange feeling that Ichiro will need to stick around a bit longer. Hope I’m wrong.

    Great day to be a Yankees’ fan!!!!

  • Eddard

    Between this and the news that A-Rod may be kicked out of the league by his own colleagues I couldn’t be happier. I do think we need to be cautious after the Kei Igawa debacle. We badly need a Darvish, an ace that can carry us to the WS. CC is not that pitcher anymore. Nova can be a solid #2, Hiroki #3, CC #4, BGDP #5.

  • Pete

    Since we’re over the cap anyway, let’s go on a spending spree that would make Dad proud.

    • mitch

      Yup…strike while the iron is hot. Other teams and fan bases are already disappointed. It’s time to throw around some more money and really make them feel bad about themselves. I miss being hated so much.

  • Bo Knows

    Bo Knows joy and this is f’n bliss

    I woke up my roommates screaming “YEAH YEAH YEAH, WOOOOOOOOO!” Repeatedly at the top of my lungs

    This really changes my opinion of what Ny can do this season

    • Betty Lizard

      Holy fuck!!!! resounded through the halls of academia.

      My colleagues aren’t baseball fans. So limited.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Yup. I wonder how my wife’s class went today.

      • Bo Knows

        Mine aren’t either they were wondering why I was screaming lol, so I regailed them with some Ma-kun factoids.

  • TheRealGreg

    They got the job done. This really solidifies their rotation and makes them a competitor again

  • BrianMcCannon

    Very nice.

  • dasani

    Right now George is looking down at Hal and saying “great job son”

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      However, I could really dig this visual, ROTJ style.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Papa Bear would totally have signed Bronson Arroyo instead.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Reply to dasani.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Jeter all the way

    I m an Indian but a yankees fan for my whole life … so delighted by this signing that i will now wake up to 4.30 am in the morning to see him pitch …. GR8 going yanks … :):):)

    • vicki

      or just stay up til 4:30. the vampire way.

  • cashjr

    Only thing I’m not crazy about is the opt out. I felt the same way with the Kershaw contract too. If you pay top dollar and add years too, then you are taking all the long term risk – especially with 7 years. Seems to me you should get the long term benefit too (if there even is any).

    • Angelo

      The Yankees may benefit if he opts out after the fourth year.

      • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

        How? He’ll only opt out if he can get more years and dollars by doing so. Yes, that will mean that he will have pitched very well for 4 years. But it will then mean we either lose him to another team, or, pay him more money for more years which never ends well.

        • Havok9120

          Only way I can see it working out for us is if we let him walk after the opt out after 4 very good years and then his arm flies off from all that wear and tear. Dude has a ton of innings racked up.

  • Andrew

    This is extremely disrespectful to Robinson Cano. They offered both him and Tanaka the same amount of money. Possibly the best 2nd basemen of all time, or a pitcher who has never pitched a game in the majors. Completely dysfunctional.

    • DERP

      Best second baseman of all time?

      • Mike

        He lost that title when he signed with the Mariners.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          He never held the title.

          • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

            Yea, no one is removing Hornsby from that pedestal. I guess you could make a case for Morgan, but, even in the pre-integration, big offense 1920′s, Hornsby was something else.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      The Yankees should keep 175 million dollars in an escrow at all times out of respect to Robinson Cano.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        I’ve got an account number they can transfer it to.

        It’s not an escrow, but it’ll be safe. Yea, that’s the ticket…

    • Bryan

      Yeah Robbie shouldn’t feel disrespected. He should wonder if maybe accepting the “low” deal from the Yanks would have been better in the long term than the absurd deal that brought him to Seattle.

    • MD

      If the Cubs had signed Tanaka to that same contract today you’d see…

      “F*ck Tanaka! I wanted him but that’s way too much for an unproven pitcher.”
      …all over this board.

      If money doesn’t matter, Cano should be your 2nd baseman now. Who cares about those last years of the contract?? It’s the Yankees. They can absorb it. Right?

      • Mr. Roth

        25 =/= 31

        • MD

          Who cares? You need to field a championship caliber team in 2014, right?

          And your best player, proven NY All-Star

          =/=

          never threw a pitch in MLB

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            The situations aren’t even remotely related.

            If you can’t understand that, well, whatever.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            It’s not really one or the other, though.
            They needed offense and pitching. Signing Cano wasn’t going to erase the need for pitching, and likely would have had no effect on the pursuit of Tanaka.

            The better question would be the combination of McCann, Ellsbury, Beltran for what they were signed for vs. some other combination of position players that included Cano.

            It appears the Yankees felt the alternatives to Cano on offense (vs. costs of acquisition) were better than the alternatives to Tanaka for SP (vs. costs of acquisition).

            We shall see if they are right. (I’m skeptical, especially short term)

            • MD

              Never said it was. I posted in a few other places that if money is really not a consideration (as some seem to assert with Tanaka) than they should’ve signed both. Just playing Devil’s Advocate to those who were suddenly budget conscious once Cano signed with Seattle but have no problem with the Tanaka contract. If you need pitching and offense, and the Yankees can absorb all money-misfires, why the cry to sign the unproven pitcher at all costs, but not your proven best player?

              And if money is no object to the big-spending Yankees, why choose between Cano and McCann-Ellsbury-Beltran. Sign Cano as well. Why should we care about the cost?

              It just seemed to me that once Cano left, he was deemed too expensive at that cost. And if Tanaka had signed elsewhere for the same Yankee contract, I think there would be a similar reaction. Chest-pounding when we outbid; head-shaking at the stupidity of any team that outbids us for the same player.

              • Evan3457

                10 year deal to age 41.
                Alex Rodriguez.

                That’s all.

                • MD

                  Who cares? They just signed Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran and Tanaka for 438mil. A-Rod’s contract didn’t stop them from making moves. If you should spend at all costs to get Tanaka, why not Cano too. Cano helps make them a contender now — who cares about 5-7-8 years from now? Swallow the difference just like they’ve been doing with A-Rod. Draw a line for your best player but break the bank for an unproven commodity? If Tanaka is more Igawa than Darvish, then his contract will prove worse than A-Rod’s. Who care’s if he’s 25 if he can’t pitch over here? They didn’t sign a 25 yr old Greg Maddux today. They signed an expensive, huge question mark due to a pitching-thin, hype-inflated market for his services.

                  • Mr. Roth

                    Cano helps make them a contender now — who cares about 5-7-8 years from now? Swallow the difference just like they’ve been doing with A-Rod.”

                    Yep, just as I suspected. You’re an idiot.

                    • MD

                      Still too stupid to see that that’s what you’re doing with Tanaka. I don’t advocate signing Cano or Tanaka at all costs. The Devil was. Get it? You defend giving Tanaka the $ b/c he’s 25?? That’s your rationale for breaking the bank and thinking that an over-spend on a pitcher with no MLB track record makes sense but an over-spend on a proven Cano wouldn’t? You have no idea what Tanaka really is but b/c he’s a young pitcher it’s worth signing him at all costs? Gotcha. Brilliant.

                    • Mr. Roth

                      Clearly the Yankees are ok with overspending in terms of dollars in order to not overspend in terms of years. This is evidenced by them offering a higher AAV than Seattle to Cano, but not matching the ridiculous number of years. I guess you’re too stupid to see the trade off.

                      While you or I may not have any idea what Tanaka is, I’m willing to assume that the Yankees learned from their mistake with Igawa 7 years ago and did some legitimate scouting with Tanaka. They presumably liked what they saw enough to give him the deal they gave him.

                      If you want to presume that you are operating with an equivalent amount of knowledge about Tanaka as the Yankees were when they signed the deal, then you’re an idiot, just as I suspected. The fact that several other MLB teams all had similar offers for him on the table would tell me that you are clearly wrong.

                    • MD

                      Still too dumb to understand, huh? I’m talking about the fan POV on this board regarding the respective signings.

                      But let’s look at your internal logic anyway. I’m an idiot b/c you think I claim to know more — or as much — than the Yankees about Tanaka, right? But you just labeled the number of years of Cano’s contract with Seattle as ‘ridiculous’. So, this begs the question: Are you claiming to have a better read on what Cano should get in terms of years than Seattle’s front office and talent evaluators? How come Seattle isn’t worried about a 31 yr old getting a 10 yr deal? They should’ve hired you to do the negotiations so they wouldn’t make such ‘ridiculous’ move, right? You know — but the don’t, right?
                      But when the Yankees spend big, everyone cheers that they outbid the rest again — and, according to you, they must know what they’re doing. Only big contracts given to players by teams other than the Yankees are the stupid ones. Absurd.

                      And you would’ve defended the Igawa signing at the time under the same premise of ‘they must know what he is’ that you’re defending the Tanaka signing with today.

                      And several teams willing to take the chance with big bucks proves nothing beyond that. It doesn’t make the signing right or wrong — or me ‘clearly’ wrong. Thinking he’s worth it doesn’t mean he actually will be. That remains to be seen. Dice-K had a few other suitors too — and a lot of gyro-ball hype. I’m sure all of them are glad that Boston outbid them and saved them from an expensive mistake.

                      And I’d hazard a guess that you’d take Cano today for his last counter to the Yankees — and so would the rest here. They would be glad, not groaning about too many years, too much money.

                      And if the Cubs signed Tanaka to that contract, both Tanaka and the Cubs would be trashed here — just like Cano to Seattle — too much money — not worth THAT much — see how you like playing for a loser — screw you. That was my point — which clearly flew over your head like a Cano dinger into the 2nd deck.

                    • Mr. Roth

                      Let me dumb things down so you can understand better.

                      “Are you claiming to have a better read on what Cano should get in terms of years than Seattle’s front office and talent evaluators?”
                      Seattle is obviously a model of how to build a good baseball team as evidenced by their recent performance.

                      “How come Seattle isn’t worried about a 31 yr old getting a 10 yr deal?”
                      They probably are.

                      “And you would’ve defended the Igawa signing at the time under the same premise of ‘they must know what he is’ that you’re defending the Tanaka signing with today.”
                      I thought I pretty clearly said, “I’m willing to assume that the Yankees learned from their mistake with Igawa 7 years ago and did some legitimate scouting with Tanaka.” —I guess your reading comprehension hasn’t passed a kindergarten level yet?

                      “And I’d hazard a guess that you’d take Cano today for his last counter to the Yankees — and so would the rest here”

                      I doubt anyone here would want you to speak for them.

                      “That was my point — which clearly flew over your head like a Cano dinger into the 2nd deck.”

                      I always sat in the 3rd deck, so there wasn’t much flying over my head.

      • OldYanksFan

        Is IS WAY too much for an unproven pitcher.
        It is.
        But we literally had no choice.
        We were going nowhere without Tanaka.

      • OldYanksFan

        Cue a dark room.
        A spotlight slowly brightens, lighting Robinson Cano sitting in an easy chair with a bottle of Champaign in his hand.

        Act 1:
        Scene 1: Yeah! I can’t believe I just got $240 million. $240 million!!
        Scene 2: Yeah! I can’t believe I just got $240 million. $240 million!!
        Scene 3: Yeah! I can’t believe I just got $240 million. $240 million!!

        Act 2:
        Scene 1: Fuck! I can’t believe I just threw away my Yankee legacy!
        Scene 2: Fuck! I can’t believe I just threw away my Yankee legacy!
        Scene 3: Fuck! I can’t believe I just threw away my Yankee legacy!!

        The spotlight slowly dims as the curtain falls.
        On the curtain is a sign that says: 2021 – Robinson who?

    • Dalek Jeter

      One is 25, signed for 7 years through age 32, and plays a position that players are regularly successful into their 30s. The other is 31, signed for 10 years through age 41, and plays a position that players regularly fall off of a cliff in their mid 30s. I loved Cano, he was my 3rd favorite player behind Jeter and Mo and I agree that he may go down as the best 2B of all time, but that contract was just not worth the money.

      • UncleArgyle

        Tanaka will actually only be 31 during that 7th year.

    • nsalen

      No Andrew Disrespectful is repeatedly jogging to first base when you hit an infield grounder and turning triples into doubles and sometimes outs everytime you hit a long drive that might be a homerun. He is the greatest secon baseman I ever saw but i think the Yankees made the right move to not pay him 24 million dollars per year for his age 37-41 decline. You may disagree with me now but I’m quite certain you won’t six years from now.

    • lightSABR

      Some facts for you:

      1) You’re comparing the Yankees’ initial offer to Robbie with their final offer to Tanaka. Had the Mariners not been idiots, the Yankees would almost certainly have come up toward the $200m range. If Robbie had been 25 like Tanaka and not 31, you can bet they would have gone much higher.

      2) Robbie has averaged 4.1 fWAR per season over the course of his career, putting up 37.1 fWAR total. For comparison, here are the fWAR figures for some of the actual best second basemen of all time:

      Joe Morgan: 4.94 fWAR/season, total of 98.8 fWAR.
      Eddie Collins: 6.03 fWAR/season, total of 120.5 fWAR.
      Rogers Hornsby: 8.14 fWAR/season, total of 130.2 fWAR.
      (in each case, counting only seasons as a full-time player)

      Robbie will probably end up being one of the top 10 second basemen of all time, but he’ll never be in the conversation for no. 1.

      • RetroRob

        Right. The Mariners knew a $200MM offer wouldn’t get it done because the Yankees could have matched that or got close enough to it. By their own words they had to blow the Yankees offer out, which is what they did. Jay-Z called the Yankees and basically offered them a $5MM discount off the Mariners offer.

        • OldYanksFan

          From what I read the M’s offered 9/$225m and Jay Z turned it down, and demanded 10/$252m (where did that number come from? No ego for Cano?). That’s when we heard the reports that Seattle was pissed and negotiations had been blown up. However, after thinking about it, Seattle came back with 10/$240m, and Jay Z. said ‘done’.

          “Jay-Z called the Yankees and basically offered them a $5MM discount off the Mariners offer.”
          Yup…. and if Jay-Z had instead said “Cano REALLY wants to remain a Yankee”, and asked for 8/$205m, my guess is Robbie is still wearing Pinstripes. Think of it. Jay-Z EQUATED $240m for playing in Seattle to $235m for being a Legacy Yankee.

          Fuck him.
          You can NOT buy what Robbie lost for $40m.

  • Ray Fuego

    I screamed in the bathroom as I brushed my teeth and my girlfriend came in running as I whispered to her TANAKA..

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Pineda needs to be the number 5 so all their starters can end with an “a”.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Dammit! You beat me to it.

      Tip o’ the hat to you, sir.

      • Betty Lizard

        How I have been longing for an all-a rotation.

    • Bruce

      Rotation = A Team?

    • lightSABR

      Ha. Reminds me of their bullpen a few years back: JoLoRoSoMo.

      • lightSABR

        (Joba, Logan, Robertson, Soriano, and Mo.)

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    I just realized that Pineda has to win the 5th starter job over Phelps and Warren.

    Only for reasons of symmetry, obviously.

    • Bruce

      Could maybe have them change their name to Warrena or Phelpsa…

  • Avi

    Baseball is best when the Yankees are ruining it.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Oh hell yeah.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Oh, Christ, someone muzzle Harold Reynolds.

  • OldYanksFan

    OldPoll Time:

    Who would you rather have:
    1) Robbie @ 8/$200m
    2) Tanaka @ 7/$175m

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Right now, I’d probably still say Robbie. In 3-4 years? Who knows.

    • Andrew

      Robbie 8 years $200 million any day

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      For the sake of the poll, I’d say Robbie but, honestly, it doesn’t matter. What’s done is done and I am an extremely happy fan today.

    • MD

      Both! It’s the Yankees. Why should we care about the money?!?!

    • Angelo

      Tanaka, due to the difference in age. It’s not like Cano was going to sign at that number anyway. He might have, but that’s far from a guarantee. The Yankees have enough older guys on the roster and Cano will be 31 this upcoming season. Not exactly young.

      It doesn’t take a genius to see how long contracts for players over the age of 30 work out.

      • Angelo

        Of course, ask me by the end of the year and I might look incredibly stupid for believing Tanaka was going to be a good pitcher in MLB.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          It’s a franchise-altering deal whether it goes good or bad. No one should forget that.

    • MPierce

      Tanaka, but A, Robbie wouldn’t have taken 200 over 8, and B, if he had, it wouldn’t have stopped the Yankees from signing Tanaka to this deal.

    • Betty Lizard

      Much rather have Tanaka because he’s here and Cano’s not.

      I just don’t waste my energy thinking about players we didn’t sign.

    • Gonzo

      I think I’d take Robbie. That’s probably because of the familiarity though.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Both. But if I had to pick I’d pick Cano.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It should be

      Robbie at 10/$250m
      Tanaka at 7/&175m (really $155m)

    • Bruce

      Can’t ignore their respective ages and positions they play. This one’s a no-brainer: Tanaka.

    • Havok9120

      At that price? Cano. At what he actually signed? Tanaka every day.

    • JGYank

      Cano definitely. His production is as close to a guarantee as you can get in baseball and he fills a hole on the team and would turn the lineup into a juggernaut and improve the defense. Tanaka is far from a guarantee and those contracts have the same AAV just one less year for Tanaka. But in reality Cano took 240 for 10 years and Tanaka gets 155 since the posting fee doesn’t count and he is younger and a SP so I would rather have Tanaka at 7/155 than Cano at 10/240.

      • JGYank

        In the short term, I think it’s safe to expect Cano to be the better/more valuable player since he can put up 6 WAR and Tanaka is a question mark. Tanaka being a young SP helps, but Cano is an MVP candidate in or at worst beginning to exit his prime and he’s the best at his position where talent is hard to come buy. Also Cano would have been a LHB in YS which fits well and Tanaka is a RHP which doesn’t.

    • Lukaszek

      Well obviously I would take Cano in this case

  • LarryM Fl

    Congratulations to the NY Yankees and us fans, we are on the road to recover. Hopefully ticket sales will pick up from the last three years to confirm to Hal that you have to spend the money to make the fans come to the park. Also I assumed that Tanaka has been scouted every which way. He replaces Phil Hughes in the rotation not much pressure in this respect.

    CC, Kuroda, Tanaka, Nova and Phelps/Warren/Pineda. If you have a rotation which is 7 to 8 strong then you can win. I believe this group can do it.

    • Betty Lizard

      I had “forgotten” about Phil Hughes, LOL.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Who?

      • LarryM Fl

        Betty you are very religious as per your comment above of “Holly F44k.” God Bless you for your faith, LOL

        • Betty Lizard

          :-)

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      I think he replaces Andy tbh.

      • Havok9120

        So much this.

    • qwerty

      The yankees lost ticket revenue even after 2008 offseason when they got CC, Burnett and Tex. There hasn’t been one season since the stadium opened that they have been able to revenue the spiral.

      • qwerty

        reverse, I mean.

  • Avi

    Good riddens to 189. I never hated a number more. That’s the best news to come from this.

    • Mike

      We never reached that number.

  • Betty Lizard

    OK, RAB, when will you have the t shirt ready?

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Which one? The “RIP $189mm” shirt?

      • Betty Lizard

        That too. :-)

  • Darren

    Now that the $189mm plan was proven to be a total farce, can we go back in time and sign Cano?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      One had nothing to do with the other.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        We can go back and cure CC’s weight loss illness.

        Sorry, Darren, but I wasn’t around to give you shit about that yesterday.

        • Darren

          I’ll be very happy if CC lost the weight naturally, regardless of the kind of year he has. But I would not expect good things from him this year.

          • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

            As for relentless negativity, see: The Anthony Tanaka Story.

            • Darren

              If you think I’m relentlessy negative, you definitely missed my posts from late September when I was hoping against hope for a final charge. I’m happy about Tanaka but it’s just weird that the Yankees were soo willing to blow away the field for him and Ellsbury, but not their own homegrown star. Oh, well…when is pitchers and catchers anyway?

              • Havok9120

                Um. What do you know about the field for Tanaka that no reporter does? We don’t know if they blew it away.

                They are totally different with a pretty huge gap in salary filling completely different needs and, probably, coming with a different crop of other signings unless the team was willing to jack payroll wayyyyyyy back up.

              • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

                I didn’t say you were always that way. But this is a perfect example of why negativity and realism are not the same thing, and yet you jump straight to another worst case conclusion.

      • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

        Apparently this is really hard for some people to wrap their minds around.

      • Darren

        Sure it did. The Yankees held firm with their offer to Cano because there was still a chance that they would land under $189mm. You don’t think they would have upped the offer another $20 or $30mm if they knew that $189 was totally by the wayside? Come on!

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          They held firm on the years, not the AAV.

          Only the AAV mattered to the $189M plan.

          Seattle signed Cano for a lower AAV than the Yankees offer.

          Adding 2 years to the offer would have absolutely no effect on their 2014 luxury tax payroll. If anything, adding more years could have helped, because they could have offered a lower AAV.

          • Darren

            The point is that they would have made a more robust offer if there was no 2014 luxury cap in play. Again, let’s pretend the whole dustup with the posting system never happened and Tanaka signed this deal with the Yankees before Cano signed with the Mariners.

            Do you think they would have made a better offer in those circumsatnces than the final offer they actually made?

            • Get Phelps Up

              Do you not understand that if Cano had taken the Yankees offer he would have had a bigger AAV than if they made him same the offer that the Mariners did?
              It sure seems like they didn’t care about $189M with Cano and instead didn’t want to give a 31 year old infielder a 10 year contract.

            • Havok9120

              You have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how that would have effected their offer. Logic goes against you for the reasons NP&H laid out. You’ve dreamed up this scenario where missing out on Tanaka meant trying to get under the tax threshold. There is no corroboration for it outside of speculation on the internet and in the press. Meanwhile, everything the Yankees have done this offseason indicates that that was not a prime motivation.

              Even if you’re correct though, you would also have needed a decision on ARod about two months earlier than it came. So it’s really a moot point.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              No.
              Not true at all. Only AAV would have any affect on the 2014 luxury tax cap.
              For the Yankees offer, Cano would have counted for $25M towards the 2014 cap.
              If they matched Seattle’s more robust offer, Cano would have counted for $24M towards the 2014 cap.

              The Yankees didn’t go bigger on Cano because they were worried about years 8-10, which would have absolutely no effect whatsoever on the 2014 luxury tax plan.

        • JFH

          I think letting Cano walk had more to do with total years (10) than the total dollars. The amount of $$ per year the two clubs were offering were about the same.

          I am glad they took that money and did something with it by signing Tanaka.

  • Mike HC

    Huge day. Excited for the new season now big time. Will definitely be going to a game to watch Tanaka pitch and probably catch a few others now too.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    So damn happy about this. This just made my day. My week.

    Spring training feels so far away right now, and I want it to start now.

  • Jersey Joe

    :) This post makes me smile.

  • Roy Munson

    Would love to see Maholm/Garza, Balfour on a one year deal and see if they can move one of Phelps/Nova/Warren/Nuno/Pinada for a solid ack up 1b/3b… Who knows… but team looks a lot better now than it did at 8AM this morning

    • Fernando

      No way, I trade Nova for a backup anything. I would hold on to that pitching. Injuries have a way of depleting depth very quickly. I figure Warren or Phelps will be in the pen. Nuno and Pineda figure to start at AAA or extended spring training.

      • Chip Rodriguez

        I’d give Nova the fifth starter job after his performance last year. He’s looked a lot more focused and calm, he’s got a great out pitch now, and I wouldn’t mind putting both Phelps and Warren into the bullpen.

    • Jersey Joe

      Yeah, I’m not trading Nova for a corner infielder who would be a backup.

  • Fernando

    Nice signing. They will make a lot of that money back in the Japanese market by selling Tanaka/Yankee gear. Plus, he will help the starting rotation. Not a big fan of the opt out, as that will surely cost the team more money later.

  • MPierce

    Would love to see us spend some more money, maybe pick up Drew for 3B and then trade Gardner to CIN for Phillips and ink Morales on a one-year deal to DH since that would make room for Soriano back in the outfield by moving Garder.

    Love Gardner, but we need pop at this point. Phillips/Morales > Gardy/Roberts.

    Balfour would be nice too, but I think he’ll get a closer deal somewhere.

    • Jersey Joe

      NO BRANDON PHILLIPS.

      HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE GONE THROUGH THIS!?!?!?!

      Do not ruin this great day in Yankees History by talking about Phillips.

      • Farewell Mo

        LOL

      • MPierce

        He’s not my favorite option either, but we don’t have the good to acquire anything better at this point, and I don’t think I’d be happy about giving Tanaka 22M per and then getting stingy with Brian Roberts starting at 2B.

        At least Phillips can hit the ball out of the park.

  • Graig not Craig

    George Steinbrenner’s statue has an evil, maniacal grin. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!

  • Jag

    I wouldn’t mind them still signing Ubaldo or Garza if the dollars were right, it’s still a shaky rotation with CC coming off a down year, Nova being lights out or awful, Kuroda may not have enough gas left in the tank and Tanaka unproven in MLB. (For the record, I think he’ll do fine and am very excited at this signing.) Barring major injuries, I think the 2014 Yankees are playoff bound for sure.

  • Gonzo

    Wow, I didn’t realize that, historically speaking, Tanaka’s deal was that huge. Second largest FA pitcher deal, largest ever RHP FA deal, and 3rd largest “new money” deal for a pitcher.

    Good for Tanaka. I guess he sends over a bottle of the finest saké to Darvish.

    • Fernando

      He should send a bottle to Selig and his stupid new posting rules. Thought they would screw the Yankees, but Yankees still got Tanaka. With the new posting, Tanaka made a lot more money while the Rakuten Eagles got less.

  • mustang

    What an off-season? Masterfull!
    The Yankees played the cards that they were dealt to the fullest.

    In going with the current Yankees plan of “Spend Wisely” I doubt they will add any other major parts.
    Maybe Balfour if the price is right, but anyone else that they get will on the Yankees terms.

    Mr. Steinbrenner, Mr Cashman and the rest of the FO will played Ladies and gentlemen as a fan I thank you.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Shocking Reports: The Yankees have signed Tanaka…to play second base!

  • TWTR

    Makes you wonder why they passed on Darvish, Puig, Cespedes, etc. My guess is that Hal got a wake up call last year.

    • Gonzo

      I was wondering the same thing, but I didn’t want to detract from the Tanaka signing. Granted they aren’t all the same case as Tanaka was, but I’m still curious.

      • Farewell Mo

        I can see both sides of that argument, giving big guaranteed money to completely unproven players is risky and do think they made some mistakes not going hard after those guys but I’m glad to see they’ve seemingly reconsidered that particular market as seen with this signing.

    • Pasqua

      Apples and oranges, really. Different years, different circumstances, different priorities. It’s not really fair to compare the money the team DIDN’T spend in years’ past against the money they DID spend this year.

      • TWTR

        Not really. They had an aging team that needed an infusion of young talent. Just like now.

        • Havok9120

          The situation was nowhere near this bad and there was, as yet, no direct evidence that a huge drop off was in the cards (logic said there was, I know).

          And to me this isn’t an “infusion of young talent” signing as much as a “holy crap, look at that rotation. Sign the best available free agent immediately!!” signing. That Tanaka is young certainly gets him more money, but he’s also got the highest upside and, in some senses, the best track record available right now.

          • TWTR

            That’s the point though, isn’t it? Why does the situation have to be dire in order to act?

            This team rode on the backs of Jeter and A-Rod for much of the last decade. They added Tex and Granderson to help offset their impending decline, but it became clear pretty quickly that neither were going to be more than complimentary players.

            So whether or not you want to focus on Tanaka’s youth or the still not that old additions of McCann and Ellsbury, the issue is (or should be) adding high-end talent whenever it is available for for just money.

            They did that this year, and major props to Hal for that, but that only became a necessity because of their decision to pass on the players I mentioned, and for some crazy reason, just burning money last season on terrible older players.

  • JK5

    The real question now is when Tanaka becomes a ‘True Yankee’…I’m putting my money on his 3rd start, when he throws a perfect game…his 1st 2 starts will result in only 2 CG SO’s.

    • vicki

      assuming a healthy and normal five-man rotation to start the season his third start will be the sunday night game v. the sox.

      • NeilT

        Then ‘True Yankeedom’ comes about when he beans Big Papi, Pedroia, Ryan Dempster, and John Farrell.

        With the same pitch.

  • Jersey Joe

    He has to be opening day starter, right?

    • Farewell Mo

      That would be kind of a slight to CC, no?

    • Get Phelps Up

      I’d put him 3rd, behind CC and Hirok.

      • Jersey Joe

        Opening day starters don’t have to be the #1 starter.

        • Farewell Mo

          Do the Yankees open up on the road? If so I can see them setting it up so Tanaka starts the home opener.

          • Get Phelps Up

            The home opener isn’t until the 7th game of the season, so for that he would either have to be 2nd or 3rd, depending on if we skip the #5 slot the first time through.

        • Pinkie Pie

          I’m pretty positive that CC will be their opening day starter. It’ll be interesting to see who fills out the #2 through #5 spots. I’m guessing #2: Hiroki, #3: Tanaka, #4: Nova, #5: either Pineda or Phelps, depending on their spring training performance.

          • Jersey Joe

            They usually go without a fifth starter for the first few weeks, at least that’s what I remember.

            • Havok9120

              Depends on the schedule. We couldn’t get away with that last season, but we did the two previous.

            • vicki

              there are no days off for the first thirteen games of the season.

              • Farewell Mo

                That seems unusual, doesn’t it?

                They always seem to have a ton of off days early in the season.

    • TWTR

      ST will probably answer that for them.

  • Farewell Mo

    This is a ton of money but a move they had to make since 25 year old potential aces really never hit the open market. Even if he fails, I think they had to take the chance since the upside is so great.

    Definitely think this new posting system cost the Yankees $30-40 million though as fans that’s not our concern. Better it goes to the player rather than the Japanese league team.

    It also should put to rest the concerns over Yankees commitment to winning vs only watching the bottom line and willingness to spend big money.

    I can’t wait for he excitement surrounding his starts this year. A signing like this is like a breath of fresh air.

    Bravo Cashman and Steinbrenners.

    • Havok9120

      The whole offseason is, really. They signed, what, the best CF, C, and SP on the market?

      Wonderful.

  • mustang

    “Tim Kurkjian discusses the growing concern in baseball about the gap between the haves and have-nots.”

    ESPN drumming their drums again just love it. Funny that they said nothing when the M’s dropped 250 on Cano but I rather be hated then be doing the hating.

    • Farewell Mo

      Exactly

      It’s only a concern after the Yankees spend money. You don’t even hear this argument when the Dodgers run their payroll up to $250 million.

    • TWTR

      If you can develop talent and spend $100m you will be fine. You really only need to spend big when you can’t.

      • Farewell Mo

        Yeah.

        These signings though “buy” them some time to get the farm back in shape.

        • mustang

          If not buy the next guy it’s their strength there should be no shame in it. I’m sure MLB and the small market teams feel no shame in cashing the luxury tax checks!!!

          • Farewell Mo

            Yep. Sprinkle is a few home grown players with some front line free agents and they should be fine.

            They shouldn’t be ashamed from using their financial advantage. That’s smart business.

            • Mike

              That’s the price you have to pay to be as successful as we have during the past decade. They can just watch us win another World Series.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso
    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      You got them, Tanak, Yu got them.

  • Pinkie Pie

    This is unrelated, but did anyone else piss their pants in laughter upon reading this headline?

    http://www.sbnation.com/lookit.....elig-award

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Ha! I saw that yesterday and just shook my head. Goes hand-in-hand with his, “I wanna do a Mo tour.”

      • Farewell Mo

        How embarrassed is he gonna be when he gets booed in every stadium in the league other than maybe Milwaukee?

  • hogsmog

    So. Happy.

  • mustang

    “We’re going to do what we’ve got to do to win,” Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner

    Tears running down my face!!!!

    • mustang

      The Yankees badly wanted Tanaka and made it clear to him during a meeting two weeks ago. On January 8 in Los Angles, sources said the Yankees sent an eight-man team to meet with Tanaka and Close. Yankees president Randy Levine, GM Brian Cashman, assistant GMs Billy Eppler and Jean Aftermann, manager Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild, former Japanese manager Trey Hillman — who is a special assistant to Cashman – and translator George Rose were present.

      “They sold him on the Yankees,” a source told ESPNNew York.com. “That it was the right place to play and that big game players play there.”

      I need more Kleenex!

      • steve (different one)

        I hope the Kleenex are for those tears you mentioned earlier…

  • Gonzo

    Ok, ok, ok… Let’s get to the brass tacks. What does Mike Pagliarulo think?

  • Jersey Joe

    This is good.

    We still need a bullpen arm. A Hanrahan/Storen reclamation project sounds good to me.

    The infield still has to be sorted out. Assuming that Tex is ready for opening day, there are still a lot of question marks.

    One thing that does intrigue me about Kelly Johnson is his reverse platoon split. He hits lefties quite well. Taking that into account, along with the short porch, I’d love to see KJ thrive playing every day at third base, and reevaluate the situation in June.

    For SS, Jeter should be tolerable. However, having Ryan is a must for late inning replacements and, on some days, he could take short, moving Jeter to DH, and giving Gardner or any OF a rest day.

    2B will be tricky. Having KJ pencilled in at 3rd, Roberts and Sizemore (WARNING: EXTREMELY INJURY-PRONE) should be able to form a 2B platoon. Having Nunez, Anna, and maybe Ronnier as depth will be helpful.

    Hopefully Teixeira’s wrist is back to normal. However, Russ Canzler stands out as an intriguing candidate for a roster spot. Besides backing up Tex at 1st, Canzler could perhaps play the corner outfield or third base, while destroying lefties. Canzler could play third sometimes, shifting KJ to 2B for Roberts/Sizemore. Or, Canzler could play a few games in the OF to give Soriano/Ellsbury/Beltran/Gardner a rest. He definitely deserves a shot in ST.

  • RetroRob

    Thought it was strange when I heard Brian Cashman quoted this morning saying, “I did it for Anthony.”

    Confused.

    • mustang

      LMAO!!!!!

      Comment of the day!

    • Havok9120

      Bravo.

  • BFDeal

    But…but…commenters told me this was all a farce and Hal was only pretend-bidding to please fans.

    Also, fuck Dan Gen 1000 times.

    • mustang

      THIS!!!!!

      Minus the “fuck Dan Gen 1000 times”

      :)

  • FLYER7

    Yankees signed 4 of the top 6 free agents that were available (McCann, Tanaka, Ellsbury, Beltran); only missed on Choo and Cano.

    • OldYanksFan

      And they made the highest offer for Choo.

  • themgmt

    Now if the Yankees could just sign Carl Pavano the rotation and the off season would be complete!

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  • Joe

    This is the most rediculous bull s for one plauer. The economy sucks and this one person gets enough money to support a 1000 families. How stupid. No person is worth that I dont care who he is.