After seven years with the New York Yankees, free-agent right-hander Masahiro Tanaka announced on Thursday that he would return to Japan to pitch for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
“I have decided to return to Japan and play for the Rakuten Eagles for the 2021 season,” Tanaka Wrote on twitter. “I wanted to ensure and touch base with you, and thank you for the love and support you have given me for the last 7 seasons.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to take the field as a member of New York, and play in front of all you fans. It has been an honor and a privilege! Thank you so much !!”
– 楽 ル 楽 楽 楽 楽 楽 楽 楽 楽 les ut (@Rakuten__Eagles) January 28, 2021
The 32-year-old, coming off a season in which he missed the head of team batsman Giancarlo Stanton shortly after hitting a shot during batting practice, completed a $ 155 million deal in just seven years.
A two-time All-Star selection, Tanaka spent all seven of his MLB seasons as a Yankees starter from 2014 to 2020 and was one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the Major in that period, starting 78–46 in 173 starts. it happens.
He posted a 3–3 record with a 3.57 ERA, down from 6.75 in 2019 – during the epidemic during the 1020 season.
Tanaka was found to have a partially torn ligament in his atrophy elbow during the 2014 season, and since then, the Yankees have tried to give him extra rest between starts several times. He made base salary of $ 220 million in the season of 2019 and 2019 and $ 23 million in 2020.
He pitched well in the playoffs during his time in the Bronx, going 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA, 44 strikes, and 15 starts and 54 innings in 10 starts. He scored his best postmarton run in 2017, when he went 2–1 with a 0.90 ERA, 18 strikes and three walks in 20 innings during the Division Series against Cleveland and the American League Championship Series vs. Houston.
Prior to joining the Yankees, Tanaka was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons, scoring 1,238 runs in 1,315 innings with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.