After much speculation, the New York Yankees did what the New York Yankees do when it comes to getting a player they covet – they open their pocketbook.
Ken Rosenthal broke the news that the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka have agreed upon a 7-year, $155 million dollar contract that includes a complete no-trade clause and an opt-clause after four years.
Some fans complained why the Mariners weren’t more involved with the Tanaka bidding. Those figures are a reason why. That’s just too much to be an even a logical investment.
To put into perspective, if you add the $20 million for the posting fee, the Yankees are paying $175 million for Tanaka. That’s what the Mariners are paying for Felix Hernandez. There’s a slight difference. Felix Hernandez is a three-time all-star and a Cy Young winner, while Tanaka has never thrown a big league pitch. It’s a sizable gamble. But then again, this is the Yankees. They can take these risks a little easier than other teams.
With Tanaka now sign, the rest of the pitching market is out of limbo. Expect Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana to sign with teams soon. You should expect the Mariners to be a part of talks for them. They’d like to sign one of the three. They were interested in Matt Garza going into the offseason and have been linked to preliminary talks with Santana.
Who do you think the Mariners should sign?