The New York Yankees gave Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka the fifth-richest contract for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history in an effort to bolster their starting staff after missing the playoffs last season for just the second time in the past 19 years.
The New York Yankees agreed to a seven-year deal worth $153 million with free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who helped lead the Boston Red Sox to a World Series championship in October, CBS Sports.com reported.
Robinson Cano headed to the Seattle Mariners for about $240 million over the next 10 seasons, exiting New York after the Yankees declined to boost their contract offer of seven years and approximately $170 million.
Second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jacoby Ellsbury were among 13 Major League Baseball players who turned down $14.1 million qualifying offers from their teams, clearing them to negotiate with other clubs on the free-agent market.
The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox tendered one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers to three of their free agents: outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew.