• Yu Darvish Jokes That Masahiro Tanaka Is Overpaid, Everyone Freaks Out

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Feb 18, 2014
    So what did Yu Darvish think of the new posting system and what the New York Yankees gave Masahiro Tanaka a contract that could pay him $99 million more in guaranteed money than Darvish got from the Texas Rangers? "I am sorry if anyone took my comment seriously about Masahiro Tanaka at the press conference," Darvish said in the statement. Darvish added that he would not be talking about Tanaka anymore. Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner authorized the deal, plus a $20 million posting fee payable to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, because the Yankees believe Tanaka will be a finishing touch in giving New York a championship-caliber roster. Tanaka had departed George M. If Yu Darvish is feeling any pressure after leading the majors in strikeouts last season, it isn't showing. Tanaka signed with the Yankees last month for $155 million over seven years, an average of $22.1 million per year. "I assumed by the reaction in the room that everyone knew I was joking." The Rangers righty signed a six-year, $60 million deal with Texas in January 2012, a deal that came after the club won his negotiating rights from the Nippon Ham Fighters with a $51.7 million bid.

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