Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says Yankees wanted him most - InfoNews

Current Conditions

-5.8°C

Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says Yankees wanted him most

Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka arrives at the office of his baseball team the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Sendai, northeastern Japan, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2014. The New York Yankees capped an offseason spending spree by agreeing Wednesday, Jan. 22 to a $155 million, seven-year contract with prized 25-year-old right-hander Tanaka. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY
January 22, 2014 - 11:11 PM

TOKYO - Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says he chose to play for the New York Yankees because they appreciated him the most.

Speaking on Thursday in Japan after agreeing a $155 million, seven-year deal with the Yankees, Tanaka said "they gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team."

Tanaka said he was "relieved" the deal was done and looked forward to standing on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

In addition to the personal deal with Tanaka, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to his Japanese team, the Rakuten Eagles.

His agreement calls for $22 million in each of the first six seasons and $23 million in 2020, and it allows him to terminate the deal after the 2017 season and become a free agent.

News from © The Associated Press, 2014
The Associated Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • New mountain highway proposed between Red Deer and Kamloops
    An Alberta development group is pitching the idea of a new highway linking central Alberta to B.C. cutting through the mountains and a section of Banff National Park. The Central Alberta Eco
  • Kamloops firefighter back at work after co-workers saved his life
    Four months after his co-workers saved his life, a Kamloops firefighter is back at work. Mike Silva has been working with Kamloops Fire Rescue for 15 years and was enjoying some time off in
  • Pier 1 closing all of its stores in Canada
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. announced today that it has entered into bankruptcy protection and is pursuing a sale. The retailer  commenced voluntary Chapter 11 proceedings in the U.S. Bankrupt
  • West Kelowna's Bull Mountain glistens for its close-up
    It’s not a secret that West Kelowna’s family ski hill is getting infused with new life. Bull Mountain Adventure Park is being built on the remnants of Crystal Mountain Resort, an
  • Vernon family captures mesmerizing melting ice
    A Vernon family was on their way home from Kelowna when they made a pit stop after noticing a beautiful scene along Wood Lake. Matthew Royal and his daughters noticed how “cool”
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile