The Masahiro Tanaka saga was one of the longest and most anticipated stories of the 2013 offseason with Tanaka ultimately deciding to sign with the Yankees for a seven-year, $155-Million deal, but during a press conference in Japan, he explained why the Yankees were above the rest in the Tanaka Sweepstakes.
“They gave me the highest evaluation and are a world-famous team.” Tanaka said at a news conference on Thursday after agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year deal with the Yankees.
Tanaka admitted that he was “relieved” the deal was done and he looks most forward to getting on a mound at Yankee Stadium . When asked what his goal was, Tanaka bluntly stated, “To become world champions.”
Asked to deliver a message to Yankees fans in English, Tanaka said (in Japanese), ”I don’t speak English, so I’ll just have to win the trust and confidence of the fans with my performance on the field.”
With the signing of Tanaka, the Yankees now have to pay the posting fee of $20 Million to the Rakuten Golden Eagles.