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Yanks, Masahiro Tanaka agree to $155M, 7-year deal

Yanks, Masahiro Tanaka agree to $155M, 7-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) _ Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner says the team has agreed to a $155 million, seven-year contract with prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Along with the contract, first reported by Fox, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to the Japanese team of the 25-year-old right-hander, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Tanaka caps an offseason that saw the Yankees add Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

Steinbrenner said Wednesday that ``we had to make sure we had enough pitching to go together with our new lineup.''

Big league teams had until Friday to reach an agreement with Tanaka, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year as the Golden Eagles won the Japan Series title.

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