25-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Tanaka, the top pitcher in Japan last season, agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract to play for the Yankees in 2014. When Tanaka signed his 2013 contract with Rakuten in the Japanese Pacific L...
Masahiro Tanaka Contract Information:
Signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in January 2014.
Tanaka made his first appearance for the Yankees on Saturday, striking out three batters over two scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
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2014 Projected Stats Breakdown for Masahiro Tanaka
2014 projections compared to top pitchers in 2013.
New York Yankees Roster
MajorsAlmonte, Zoilo (OF)
AAABailey, Andrew (P)
AAAustin, Tyler (OF)
A+Allen, Scott (P)
ABichette Jr., Dante (3B)
RookieAnderson, Jake (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Tanaka may be the best pitcher in Japan after going 10-4 with a 1.87 ERA and 169:19 K:BB ratio in 172 innings last season. He told his team he wants to play in MLB and the Rakuten Eagles could post him after the 2013 season. He'll be just 24 years old next season, so he could be a major impact player in MLB and worth adding in keeper leagues where allowed.
Tanaka may be Japanese baseball's best young prospect. The 21 year-old got off to a roaring 7-0 start to the 2009 season, and eventually finished at 15-6 with a 2.33 ERA. Tanaka has always had an electric arm, and learned how to dominate with it this season. Still, we may not see him come to the U.S. until at least 2016.