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Masahiro Tanaka | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/1/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2014 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Masahiro Tanaka announced he will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract and will remain with the Yankees through the 2020 season.
He will earn $67 million over the next three seasons. The 29-year-old starting pitcher went 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings spread across 30 starts this year. Despite the mediocre ERA many observers expected him to opt out and snare an even larger payday in free agency. His brilliant performance in the playoffs sparked much of that conjecture. He went 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA in his three postseason starts and was a big reason why the Yankees nearly reached the World Series. Tanaka called it a "simple decision" to stay put as he enjoys playing in New York and wants to win a championship there. He has 52 wins and 28 losses to go with a 3.56 ERA in 105 starts during his four years in the major leagues -- all with the Yankees. Nov 3 - 7:42 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Masahiro Tanaka not using the opt-out clause in his contract "does not seem like such a safe assumption anymore."

Heyman says that "there had been an assumption by many" that Tanaka would not opt out of the three years and $67 million remaining on his deal with the Yankees, but the righty could be re-evaluating things following his brilliant run this postseason. Tanaka, who turns 29 in a couple weeks, would surely be able to get more than three years and $67 million on the open market even though he's been pitching with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament for a few years. Heyman was told by a Yankees source that the club wouldn’t "chase" Tanaka if he did opt out, although he was told that prior to Tanaka's superb showing during the playoffs. The Yanks "are determined to get below the $197 million luxury tax threshold" this offseason, according to Heyman.
Oct 20 - 9:41 AM

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant on Wednesday, giving up just three hits in seven shutout innings of a 5-0 win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Tanaka was good in Game 1, but that performance pales in comparison to his effort on Wednesday. The only time Houston challenged him was when they had runners on first-and-second with one out in the fifth, but he struck out George Springer and Josh Reddick to end the threat. Long-story-short, Tanaka has pitched like the ace the Yankees paid for this postseason. Game Six will be played in Houston on Friday.
Oct 18 - 8:34 PM

Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in six innings and took a loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.

Tanaka pitched very well even though he couldn't out-duel his counterpart Dallas Keuchel. Tanaka surrendered just four hits -- all singles -- but the Astros strung three of them together in the fourth inning to produce two runs. Jose Altuve singled and stole second. Carlos Correa drove him in with a single and was in turn driven in by Yuli Gurriel. Tanaka registered three strikeouts against one walk in the strong effort. The Yankee ace will get at least one more shot at the Astros later in the series.
Oct 13 - 11:47 PM

The Yankees announced that Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia would start the first three games of the ALCS against the Astros.

Sonny Gray, who started Game 1 of the ALDS against the Indians, will get the ball in Game 4, the Yankees confirmed. Tanaka, who shut out the Indians for seven innings on Sunday, will face off against Dallas Keuchel in Game 1.
Oct 12 - 5:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant in Sunday's critical victory over the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings.

Tanaka walked one and punched out seven on the night. The Indians only mounted one real threat against him, when Jason Kipnis tripled with one out in the fourth inning, but Tanaka fanned Jose Ramirez and Jay Bruce to diffuse the situation. When he's on his game and locating well, he's among the most dominant hurlers in all of baseball, and that was certainly the case on Sunday.
Oct 8 - 10:57 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Game 3 of the ALDS for the Yankees on Sunday against the Indians.

Tanaka getting the ball in Game 3 is a slight surprise over Luis Severino, but considering how much Severino struggled in the AL Wild Card Game and how good Tanaka was in his last outing (15 strikeouts) it probably shouldn't be. He'll take on Carlos Carrasco in Yankees Stadium on Sunday.
Oct 4 - 9:26 PM

Masahiro Tanaka set a new career high with 15 strikeouts across seven shutout innings in Friday’s 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

Tanaka was given a few extra days of rest after being pummeled for eight runs – seven earned – over 5 2/3 frames by the same Blue Jays last week, and it certainly appeared to have paid dividends. The righty’s trademark splitter was unhittable in this one, and his slider was nasty, as well. Tanaka will finish the season with a 4.74 ERA and 194/41 K/BB ratio over 178 1/3 innings, with a 3.77 ERA and 91/14 K/BB ratio across 76 1/3 second-half frames. If the Yankees can win next week’s American League Wild Card Game, Tanaka will start Game 1 or Game 2 of the ALDS.
Sep 29 - 5:04 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was hammered for eight runs (seven earned) over 5 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays on Friday.

No clinching for the Yankees on this night. Tanaka gave up three homers on the night and now has five starts with at least seven runs allowed this season. He didn’t do that once through his first three seasons in the majors.
Sep 22 - 10:05 PM

Masahiro Tanaka limited the Orioles to two runs over seven innings, striking out eight, in a win Thursday.

Tanaka served up a pair of solo homers among eight hits allowed, but those were really the only blemishes in what was a pretty good night otherwise. The win was his fourth in his last five starts to improve him to 12-11 with a 4.73 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 173/38 K/BB ratio over 165 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it going Tuesday against the Twins.
Sep 15 - 12:54 AM

Masahiro Tanaka was knocked around for seven runs in four-plus innings Friday against the Rangers.

Tanaka was pulled after the first five batters reached to begin the bottom of the fifth inning. This was his first time giving up more than three runs in a start since July 22. Tanaka struck out seven and walked none in the loss. He’ll try to get back on the winning track next week against the Orioles.
Sep 9 - 12:48 AM

Next week's series between the Yankees and Rays has been moved from Tropicana Field to Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma.

The Rays will still technically be the home team in the series even though it will be played in New York. The Rangers and Astros had to play a series last week at Tropicana Field rather than Minute Maid Park because of Hurricane Harvey.
Sep 8 - 2:22 PM

Masahiro Tanaka earned his 11th victory of the season on Saturday, limiting the Red Sox to one run on five hits over seven-plus innings of work.

The right-hander fanned three while walking two on the afternoon. The only blemish on his day came in the sixth inning where Eduardo Nunez scampered home on a wild pitch. He'll look to further improve upon his 4.54 ERA and 1.23 WHIP when he does battle against the Rangers in Texas on Friday.
Sep 2 - 4:10 PM

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters over seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Yankees' 10-1 rout of the Mariners.

Tanaka gave up an RBI double to Nelson Cruz in the top of the first inning, but the Yankees' offense answered with six runs in the bottom of that frame and the 28-year-old right-hander shifted into cruise control from there. He issued just one walk and five other hits while tallying his 10th win of the season and lowering his ERA from 4.86 to 4.69. Tanaka has been sharp in back-to-back starts since coming off the disabled list August 22. He'll face the rival Red Sox next.
Aug 27 - 4:16 PM

Masahiro Tanaka was sharp in his return from the disabled list, pitching seven innings of three-run ball Tuesday against the Tigers.

It was one run in six innings before Tanaka gave up a two-run homer in the seventh. Tanaka pretty much cruised tonight with the Yankees opening up a big lead; he walked none and threw just 90 pitches to get his 21 outs. It was a performance that bodes well for his owners.
Aug 22 - 10:44 PM