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[1/22/2014] Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes; Tanaka signs with the Yankees

by on Jan.22, 2014 @ 4:20 pm, under MLB

Masahiro Tanaka updates from Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

  • Tanaka used a Momoiro Clover Z themed glove manufactured Asics during workouts on Tuesday.  The glove was white and silver with red, yellow, pink, green, and purple accents. [Sanspo 1/22/2014]
  • Tsuyoshi Shinjo wanted reporters to tell Tanaka that he should memorize the following two English words/phrases: "appreciate" and "good atmosphere."  Shinjo apparently managed to get by with just those the two words/phrases when he first went to the United States in 2001. [Sponichi 1/22/2014]
  • UPDATE @ 9:27pm - Tanaka worked out at Kobo Stadium for the third straight day today.  He did not speak to reporters. [Sanspo 1/22/2014]
  • UPDATE 1/23 @ 12:35am - According to a number of reports out of the US, Tanaka agreed to a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees worth 155 million US dollars.  The deal also reportedly includes an opt-out after four years.   [ESPN 1/22/2014, USA Today 1/22/2014, Fox Sports 1/22/2014]

US media coverage via Japanese sources:

Jon Morosi tweets that Tanaka is "...expected to return to U.S. this week for physical with the team that signs him. Needs to be soon with Friday deadline."

Source: Tweet 1/22/2014 via Daily Sports 1/22/2014

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