Friday, November 3, 2017
Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka announced on Friday night that he will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, preserving his current contract with the Yankees, which runs through 2020.
Tanaka issued the following statement:
“I have decided to stay with the Yankees for the next three seasons. It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past four years playing for this organization and for the wonderful fans of New York.
“I’m excited to continue to be a part of this team, and I’m committed to our goal of bringing a World Series championship back to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization and the great fans of New York.”
Awesome news for the Yankees.
Now, let’s see if they’re able to get Otani, as well.
It will also be interesting to see what this means with regards to their payroll issues. Will they feel the need to trade one of their expensive relief pitchers to get under the luxury tax cap?
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