Yankees Signed Tanaka, Phils Still Justifying Abreu
Just in case you thought the Phillies had any chance at signing Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese pitching sensation, think again. The Yankees (of course) have reached an agreement with Tanaka for seven years, $155 million, the fifth largest contract ever for a pitcher.
“There aren’t a lot of lefthanded bats sitting out there, and not a lot of lefthanded bats that have the ability like Bobby, frankly,” Amaro said. “And when he started playing, we started watching. And as he continued to play, he got better and better. Clearly, he was dominating in Venezuela. Yeah, it was Venezuela, but it’s pretty competitive baseball and he continued to perform in the playoffs there, too.”
The same Venezuela team with criminal machete-wielder Ugueth Urbina. Good job, Rube.