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.

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