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.
Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese pitcher who went 24-0 last year, is headed for a major payday in the U.S. Hiroshi Mikitani, the Internet billionaire whose company has rights to Tanaka, won’t fare nearly as well.
Pitcher Yu Darvish struggled in the first inning of his Major League Baseball debut for the Texas Rangers, allowing the Seattle Mariners four runs on four hits -- including a single by Japanese countryman Ichiro Suzuki.
Yu Darvish should focus on his pitching and not think about his new six-year contract or the record $51.7 million fee Texas will pay his Japanese club, Rangers President and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan said.
Pitcher Yu Darvish settled down after a four-run first inning in his Major League Baseball debut for the Texas Rangers despite giving up three hits to Japanese countryman Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners.