The wait is finally over…
BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014
Tanaka was expected to wait until Friday, Jan. 24 before announcing his decision.
The 25-year-old’s deal includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year. Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013.
In addition to paying his contract, the Yankees now owe a $20 million posting fee to the Golden Eagles.
The ace pitcher will join a New York rotation that also includes CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. He had 1,238 strikeouts in 175 games for Rakuten.
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