Friday, December 27, 2013

Tanaka Likely To Command $17M Yearly Salary

(Photo: KYODO)
According to USAToday's Bob Nightengale, newly posted Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will fetch a contract of at least $17 million a year from the team than wins his negotiations. Thus, in addition to the $20 million posting fee, a five year deal would project out to a $105 million outlay. Of course, given the weak field of free agent pitchers, the contract numbers are likely to top $17 million—especially with the desperate Pinstriped Posers leading the charge. A deal has to be consummated by 5PM ET on January 24th, or else Tanaka is remanded back to the Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2014 season.