Wow, a 7-year contract at what amounts to $25 million/year!
That is quite a bit more risky that I am comfortable with, and am glad the Twins didn't take that gamble.
The good news is the free agent market should come to life again. Garza, Santana and company will finally find homes - and there will be actual baseball news stories to read again!
Felix Hernandez has a career 3.20 in 9 seasons. 3 seasons with an ERA under 2.67. 8.4 K per 9.
The other thing that hasn't been talked about, Yu Darvish's success here certainly made this guy more attractive, but Yu has only been here two years. Nomo and Dice-K had two very good years as well.
Nomo first two years 2.90 ERA, he ended at 4.24
Dice-K first two years 3.73 ERA, he ended at 4.52
Yu's first two years, 3.34 ERA, he ended at ?????
We should be applauding this. I think this guys opt out may be laughable in four years.
whoda thunk it ?
It's just money. Some teams spend it to win. Others, not so much. Anyone still think Ellsbury's contract will keep them from adding players?
Twins were in on him until it went over 2 years @ 8 mill. Terry just couldn't get him to take his money!
If you have a billion a year in tv revenue, what does the money matter? They just showed the $189MM number has no meaning. So, they bought a number 2-4 pitcher. I don't get how that is bad/wrong/evil for them. I bet they go sign another pitcher now too. They have money, they had an open position, they spent money to fill the position. Seems like a good idea to me.
As noted, it's their money, and this is how the Yanquis roll, so whatever.
Finally unblocking the FA logjam seems more interesting by far.
We face them in May, June & July, so let's hope for an "interesting" & extended transition.
Not to be negative, but I'm sick of being their whipping boys.
This thread illustrates the difference between "NY way of thinking" and "Minnesota way of thinking". Wildcatters do have dry holes--but the winners make up for them.
Yankees have spent half a BILLION dollars this winter & still have Kelly Johnson likely starting at 3B & Brian Roberts at 2B, plus the farm system is a mess and nearly everyone is an injury waiting to happen in their lineup. This signing is just another bad move for a franchise that clearly has no idea what it is doing year in and year out.
It seems like a lot of money, but if he doesn't live up to the contract the Yankees know ways of getting out of it.
A few of the Yanks signings won't pan out. Beltran slumped in the 2nd half the past 2 years. Tanaka will be interesting.
I'd love to see a hard salary cap in baseball, but know it has no chance of happening anytime soon.
- Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Yankees were already slightly over the $189m luxury tax threshold before Tanaka signing... so, that # is in the rear-view mirror.
7:56 AM - 22 Jan 2014
Also they have won only 1 title in the last 13 years...yes that is better than the Twins, but let's not pretend the Yankees have somehow been DOMINATING baseball the past decade or so.
Great move for the Twins! I've watched him and not a big fan of him. Glad he will be pitching for he Yankees at a super high price.