Masahiro Tanaka RUMORS & NEWS

  • Masahiro Tanaka In Negotiations To Return To Rakuten Eagles

    North Jersey "After the Yankees pivoted to other starting pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka could be ready to return to pitching in Japan. According to a report Monday from Sankei Sports out of Tokyo, Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles are in advanced negotiations that could put the right-hander back in..." January 26

  • Jameson Taillon trade: Why Yankees are taking another rotation risk, and what it means for Masahiro Tanaka

    CBS Sports "The New York Yankees have added another recognizable name to their rotation. On Sunday, the Yankees acquired former No. 2 overall pick Jameson Taillon in a 4-for-1 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taillon joins former Pirates teammate Gerrit Cole and two-time Cy Young..." January 24

  • Masahiro Tanaka Seeking 1-year Contract Worth $15M-20M in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "Masahiro Tanaka may suit up for a different team than the New York Yankees for the first time in his major league career. According to Andy Martino of SNY, a reunion likely isn't in the cards for the Bronx Bombers and the free agent. That is especially true since New..." January 18

  • Padres doing background work on starters, including Masahiro Tanaka

    Radio "The San Diego Padres are one of the few teams that have been busy this winter and they may not be done just yet. After trading for starting pitchers Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, the Padres are reportedly looking to add more pitching, doing background work on multiple free-agent..." January 13

  • Masahiro Tanaka is serious about returning to Japan

    NJ "Masahiro Tanaka might be ready to say farewell to Major League Baseball. The free-agent right-hander, who completed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees, is seriously considering a return to Japan in 2021. Per the New York..." January 04

  • Masahiro Tanaka says he'll consider signing with MLB team besides Yankees

    The Score "Masahiro Tanaka might be open to continuing his MLB career outside of the Bronx after all. A report this week suggested the Japanese right-hander plans to return to his native country if he doesn't re-sign with the New York Yankees, perhaps with his former..." January 02

  • Masahiro Tanaka pondering return to Japan? "Masahiro Tanaka continued to prove his worth as a durable, middle-of-the-rotation arm by posting a 3.56 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 48 innings (10 starts) in the shortened 2020 campaign. While Tanaka's performance has fluctuated over his career to some degree based on his hit and homer..." January 01

  • Yankees want DJ LeMahieu back, but won’t be ‘irresponsible’; Masahiro Tanaka? Don't hold your breath

    NJ "This year’s free-agent market has been open for five weeks and the virtual Winter Meetings got underway Monday, yet the Yankees still haven’t addressed anything on their offseason wish list. They’ll have a huge hole in their lineup and at second..." December 10

  • Projecting Contracts for Top 2020 MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Predicting where free agents will sign and how much they will be paid is an annual tradition for MLB fans and analysts alike, and this year is no exception. However, the basis for those contract predictions is not always clear. Are they based on recent market trends? A..." November 30

  • Ranking the Chances for Every MLB Team to Land Masahiro Tanaka in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees paid a $20 million posting fee to sign Masahiro Tanaka away from the Rakuten Golden Eagles prior to his age-25 season in 2014 and then inked him to a seven-year, $155 million contract. All things considered, it was money well spent. Tanaka went 78-46..." November 30

  • Ex-MLB GM Believes Red Sox Among ‘Best Fits’ For These Top Free Agents

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox have money to spend this offseason after resetting their luxury tax in 2020. This pliability is enviable, especially if prices on the open market drop due to the inherent uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. But it hardly guarantees the Red..." November 03

  • The cost to keep Masahiro Tanaka a Yankee is incredibly uncertain

    New York Post "From the beginning to end MLB’s 60-game 2020 regular season provided difficulty in evaluating players, because of small sample size married to COVID-19 concerns that caused families to separate and players to fear being infected. So, it is not a surprise the industry is all over..." October 17

  • What do the Yankees do now? Questions New York must answer this offseason

    Sporting News "Another bomb-out for the Bombers in October. The Rays cooked the Yankees in the ALDS like Times Square roasted nuts, and now New York is faced with another key offseason to make sure its window for winning a World Series stays open. Pandemic or not, the playoffs..." October 10

  • Masahiro Tanaka’s Yankees career may have ended in cruelest way possible

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t change the subject with his trademark October magic Wednesday night at Petco Park, and in a cruel twist of irony, he simultaneously made himself a bigger subject come the end of the Yankees’ season, which might very well be Thursday. What a fiasco..." October 08

  • Yankees’ season suddenly in the danger zone

    New York Post "It happens this quickly, like a flash flood ruining a sunny afternoon. One day you feel invincible, bulletproof, you’re bashing baseballs all over ballyards, you’re three wins out of three playoff games, it feels like you’re just starting to feel your oats. Just getting used..." October 08