Masahiro Tanaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • Gary Sanchez not to blame for Masahiro Tanaka’s struggles

    Fanrag Sports "Apparently, the desire to take the air out of Gary Sanchez’s sails continues unabated. After some off-the-record sources recently claimed the young Yankees catcher was “a mess back there,” some Twitter chatter cited the notable ERA difference when Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Sanchez compared..." May 27

  • Tanaka erases Yankees' concerns with career-high 13 Ks

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka’s gem was all for naught. After a stellar performance from the Yankees’ right-hander, Tyler Clippard first nearly threw the game away on an errant pick-off throw, and then simply pitched it away by allowing the A’s to score a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Ultimately, the..." May 27

  • Cashman: Tanaka's woes warranting 'CSI: The Bronx' investigation "Brian Cashman said that the Yankees have deployed every available tool to examine Masahiro Tanaka's health and mechanics, and the general manager sounds convinced that the right-hander will be able to bounce back from his current slump. "We've done the 'CSI: The Bronx' on him a number of..." May 26

  • Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka

    Newsday "Joe Girardi offered an interesting answer when asked if, in order to get to the bottom of Masahiro Tanaka’s difficulties, the Yankees had sent him for any additional “scans” to make sure there’s nothing physically wrong. “There isn’t,” Girardi said before Wednesday’s game. “You just don’t scan..." May 25

  • The Yankees reportedly will not pursue Masahiro Tanaka if he opts out of contract

    New York Daily News "The Yankees will look to say Sayonara to Masahiro Tanaka at the end of the season. Sources tell the Daily News that if the Japanese ace opts out of his $155 million contract, the Yankees would have no interest in pursuing a costly, long-term extension with the 28-year-old righty. According..." April 07

  • Masahiro Tanaka posted the worst Opening Day start in Yankees history

    CBS Sports "The New York Yankees did not start the season the way they would’ve liked. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was ineffective against the Tampa Bay Rays, departing after just 2 2/3 innings. During Tanaka’s outing, he allowed eight hits on seven runs, including two home runs. He also walked two batters while..." April 03

  • Masahiro Tanaka looks as strong as ever for Yankees heading into potential walk season

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka’s stellar spring is over. A crucial season lies ahead — perhaps his most crucial season since his rookie year. On Sunday at The Trop, Tanaka will make his third consecutive Opening Day start. The Yankees will once again be counting on the 28-year-old right-hander as the ace of..." March 30

  • Masahiro Tanaka looks like a different pitcher this spring

    New York Post "Watching Brett Gardner, Chase Headley and Chris Carter prepare to face Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances at 9:40 Thursday morning made you wonder what they did to tick off Joe Girardi. Four days into spring training, the trio of hitters had to deal with Tanaka’s trap-door splitter and..." February 23

  • Masahiro Tanaka slated to be Yankees’ Opening Day starter, says Joe Girardi

    New York Daily News "No surprises here. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said at his state of the union news conference prior to spring training that the organization’s plan is for ace Masahiro Tanaka to start on Opening Day against the Rays on April 2 in Tampa. This would be the righthander’s third consecutive..." February 14

  • Yankees have to love Masahiro Tanaka’s caution

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka made the obvious official Monday, and it’ll be music to the ears of the Yankees and their fans: The team’s ace will pass on the World Baseball Classic. In Tokyo, Tanaka said, “Taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult, so I will not participate,” according..." January 24

  • Yankees’ Tanaka opts to sit out WBC

    The Japan News " New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka said Monday he has decided not to participate in the World Baseball Classic in March. “Based on various factors, I thought it would be difficult to take part, so I decided not to take part,” Tanaka told reporters after working out in Sendai." January 23

  • Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka have not discussed contract extension: Brian Cashman

    New York Daily News "Yankees GM Brian Cashman says he hasn't had any discussions with ace Masahiro Tanaka's representatives about a contract extension. Tanaka, who is slated to make $22 million in 2017, can opt out of his deal at season's end. "We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka," Cashman said..." January 11

  • Masahiro Tanaka’s ace-like 2017 would put Yankees in a bind

    New York Post "The Yankees probably can’t win in 2017 unless Masahiro Tanaka performs again like a top-of-the-rotation stalwart. Yet, that might make winning in 2018 more difficult. Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year, $155 million contract after next season, and short of significant injury, the righty..." January 04

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