Yankees introduce Tanaka at news conference

Feb 12, 2014

Yankees introduce Tanaka at news conference

The latest high-priced addition to the New York Yankees stood on the dais in front of a large news conference, put on his pinstriped jersey with No. 19 and smiled. “Hello. My name is Masahiro Tanaka,” he said slowly in English. “I’m very happy ...

Feb 9, 2014

Pitcher Tanaka leaves for New York

High-priced right-hander Masahiro Tanaka departed on Sunday for New York to begin his major league career. Because of the heavy snowfall that blanketed the Tokyo area the day before, it took the former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ace 8½ hours to go from the ...

Feb 7, 2014

Yankees to unveil Tanaka on Tuesday

Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a seven-year deal worth $155 million with the New York Yankees last month, will be unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, it was learned Friday. Tanaka, who went 24-0 last season to help pitch the ...

Feb 1, 2014

Yanks ask for help with Tanaka's visa

The New York Yankees have called on New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to speed up Masahiro Tanaka’s visa application, so he will be on time for spring training, the New York Daily News reported in its online edition Friday. Pitchers and catchers are to ...

Jan 30, 2014

Tanaka says goodbye to former Rakuten teammates

Masahiro Tanaka bid farewell to his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates on Thursday ahead of the club’s departure for spring training in Okinawa. Tanaka, who just signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $155 million, has been working out at ...

Jan 21, 2014

Tanaka keeps quiet about contract negotiations

With the deadline for him to sign a deal with a major league club looming, Masahiro Tanaka worked out in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ indoor practice facility on Tuesday and said nothing about his potential destination. The pitcher, who has been practicing with ...

Jan 18, 2014

Dodgers maintain interest in Tanaka

The Los Angeles Dodgers are still pursuing pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, general manager Ned Colletti said on Friday. At a news conference to announce the $215 million deal for two-time NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw, Colletti said he has been in touch regularly ...

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Jan 17, 2014

Tanaka ready to narrow down choices

Highly sought-after pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is likely to narrow down his preferences among major league suitors in the coming days, a member of his staff said Friday. “There is about a week left, so I think that is something that is going to start ...

Tanaka back in Japan after visit with major league clubs

Jan 11, 2014

Tanaka back in Japan after visit with major league clubs

Ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka returned to Japan Saturday from a short visit with major league clubs in the Los Angeles area. The 25-year-old Tanaka presumably has met, along with his agent Casey Close, a number of big league teams who have shown interest in ...