Yankees’ Tanaka Still a Bargain Despite $175M Price Tag

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Masahiro Tanaka, pitcher for the New York Yankees, is very good at throwing a very small cowhide ball into a very small area. In the three wins that Tanaka has played with the legendary baseball franchise, he’s been astonishingly good. The numbers are 25 strikeouts, 39 outs, 16 hits, and a lonely walk — that one came against the Chicago Cubs, who are no strangers to lonely walks.

Andy Bergman — who is the man behind the must-see sports visualization website Dubly – has turned this information into a really awesome infographic (no big surprise there, that’s what he does.) When you’re done digging in that, we’ll talk about what Tanaka means to the Yankees and why they’re pretty lucky to have him.

Finished? All right. Back in the frigid, frosty tundra of the Winter that Would Never End (also known as late January of 2014), the Yankees signed the Japanese pitcher to a seven-year, $155 million contract, giving him a full no-trade clause and a player opt-out in 2017. That’s on top of the $20 million they had to pay his Japanese team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, in order for them to let him go, according to MLB.com.

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