After all the wait, Masahiro Tanaka decided not to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers and opted to join New York Yankees instead. Tanaka signed a seven-year $155M deal this morning, finally ending weeks of speculation.
The Yankees, Dodgers and Chicago Cubs were the three finalists and although the Yankees won the bidding war, the Dodgers also offered a contract t that exceeded the $100 million mark. It’s reported that the Yankees bid was $25 million to $35 million higher than the other teams.
The Dodgers’ front office is still looking to add another starting pitcher, but on a short-term deal. Bronson Arroyo seems to be a popular name and although he’s no Tanaka, he’d be a valuable asset in the Dodgers rotation. It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers will pursue Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price after rumors they were interested earlier in the winter.
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ICYMI: Masahiro Tanaka signed with the Yankees, but the Dodgers are still looking for a starter