Right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has decided to quit the major leagues in order to play with the Tohoku Golden Eagles, a Japanese professional league team he played for from 2008 to 2013, he said on Thursday.
As some observers had pointed out a few weeks earlier, the 32-year-old had to look at his away options due to Corey Kluber’s arrival at the New York Yankees; this one agreed for one year with the Bombardiers du Bronx. Tanaka was aiming for a pact of between $ 15 million and $ 20 million annually, but his former organization was unwilling to spend it above the limit guaranteeing an exemption from payment of the luxury tax.
“I wanted to give you some news because I made a decision about where I will play next season. I chose to join the Golden Eagles Rakuten [à Tohoku] for 2021. I want to make sure to keep in touch with you by saying thank you for the love and support you have given me over the past seven campaigns. I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be on the field as a member of the New York Yankees and to play in front of you, the passionate fans, ”he wrote on his Twitter account.
In 2020, the Japanese gunner posted a 3-3 record and an earned-run average of 3.56. A two-time all-star guest, he kept a 78-46 majors record and a 3.74 average.