“I have decided to stay with the Yankees for the next three seasons.”—Masahiro Tanaka in statement. Not opting out. #Yankees
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) November 3, 2017
This is probably the best case scenario for the Yankees. They get to keep Masahiro Tanaka, but don’t extend their risk in doing so. His elbow is a bit of a ticking time bomb, however, the same could be said of most pitchers. Since Tanaka missed time in 2015 with his elbow injury, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi all missed time due to elbow surgery.
At this point my biggest concern for Tanaka is his penchant to give up the long ball. The upside, though, is that he has a 1.44 ERA in four playoff starts. The guy is capable of pitching in big spots. There should be a few of those coming up for the future Yankees.
The rotation now has a few people in place for 2018: Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery with Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield and Domingo German as potential call-ups when needed. If they re-sign CC Sabathia they could be set in the starting pitching department.