Masahiro Tanaka is arguably the best New York Yankees pitcher at this point of the season, but there are MLB rumors suggesting that he might not continue wearing the Pinstripes in years to come. Will the Yankees eventually part ways with the Japanese hurler?
The Yankees made a huge splash in January 2014 when they beat out several fellow powerhouse teams in the raise to sign Tanaka. The then 25-year-old highly-touted pitcher from Japan signed a lucrative seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees, who were instantly considered as one of the World Series favorites.
Tanaka immediately proved why MLB clubs coveted him strongly during that year, as he started the season with a 10-1 record. However, the Itami, Japan native sustained an elbow injury and has never been the same pitcher he was before moving to the Major League.
The Yankees went on a selling spree before the deadline, parting ways with Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. There are talks based on MLB rumors that Tanaka could the next man out when the Yankees get a chance. And according to Elite Sports NY, the rumors about Tanaka’s exit makes sense.
“An ace cannot be a guy who is not up to par on normal rest, brilliant on five days, and solid on six or more,” Elite Sports NY noted. “An ace cannot be a guy who is dependent on accommodations.”
Tanaka’s potential exit could also pave the way for a bigger role for Luis Severino. The 22-year-old pitcher had a disastrous start this season and was sent down to the minors.
While he has yet to reach expectations, Severino expressed confidence that he will eventually find his mark in New York. And he has the chance to do so, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sounded like he has a long-term plan for the Dominican Republic native.
“Like any player, we want him to perform while he’s with us,” Cashman told New York Post. “But we also feel he has a long career ahead of him in The Bronx, so it’s not so much what he does in the next two months, but what he does long term for us.”
Should the Yankees part ways with Tanaka to give their rotation a fresher look?
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