Quick hit: Tanaka to be introduced early next week

It was announced this morning that Masahiro Tanaka‘s introductory press conference will be held this Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees signed Tanaka to a seven-year $155M contract in January after scouting him throughout the 2013 season in Japan. The week he signed, Yankees’ co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told reporters in a phone interview that, “We’re going to do what we’ve got to do to win,” and that meant going all in and betting on Tanaka to make a splash in New York.

They lured Tanaka to the Yankees with a video that included Hideki Matsui and by sending an eight-person group to Los Angeles in early January to talk to him and to his manager Casey Close face-to-face.

25-year-old Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles last season.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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