Masahiro Tanaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Masahiro Tanaka's looming opt-out shades Yankees' pitching plans

    ESPN "To understand why the New York Yankees may end up being the free-agent winners for someone like left-hander Rich Hill, it is best to hop in the DeLorean, pump it up to 88 mph and fast-forward to a year from now. At that time, Masahiro Tanaka will most certainly be a dilemma for the Yankees. If..." November 22

  • Yankees announce Masahiro Tanaka will not make his next scheduled start

    New York Daily News "And now the Yankees have a case of the Mets. The Yankees announced Masahiro Tanaka will not make his next scheduled start Monday after an MRI revealed a slight strain in flexor mass. Manager Joe Girardi stressed that Tanaka's issue is not near the elbow ligament. He will not pick up a ball..." September 22

  • Why Joe Girardi pulled Masahiro Tanaka after just 93 pitches

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka didn’t record a strikeout and still managed to pitch seven good innings for the Yankees, but it wasn’t enough Thursday night in a crushing 7-5 defeat to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Manager Joe Girardi opted to remove Tanaka after 93 pitches and neither the manager nor Tanaka..." September 16

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