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.