Masahiro Tanaka is the most sought-after Japanese pitching export since Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, which makes the bidding war to sign him one of the MLB offseason's most intriguing storylines.
With so few top pitchers on the open market, Tanaka is sure to command a high price. After plenty of rumors and speculation, he has officially been posted and will be playing in the major leagues in the 2014 season.
Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 22
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Tanaka has signed a deal with the New York Yankees:
BREAKING: Tanaka to #Yankees, seven years, $155M, opt-out after fourth year.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 22, 2014