• Tanaka has visa, could head to U.S. by Sunday

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Feb 7, 2014
    Tanaka, 25, received his visa on Tuesday and is preparing to report on time to the Yankees' Spring Training camp in Tampa, Fla., with the rest of the club's pitchers and catchers. Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has obtained a work visa and could depart Japan for the United States as early as Sunday, The Associated Press reported. In 2013, Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in Japan. Tanaka, who has been working out in Sendai, said he is in better shape at this point compared to years past. Tanaka will likely slot behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda in a Yankees rotation that also projects to include Ivan Nova and a spring competition for the fifth spot, with Michael Pineda, David Phelps and Adam Warren vying for that assignment. "My office works tirelessly to help constituents every single day, but it's not often you get a call from a constituent like the New York Yankees," Schumer told the New York Daily News.
    Sources: ESPN.com MLB.com
    • Yanks GM: $155M Tanaka has No. 3 potential

      Masahiro Tanaka, who signed the fifth-largest contract for a pitcher in major-league history, has potential to one day be a "No. 3 starter," New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday.
      Source: ESPN.com

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