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Masahiro Tanaka deal ramifications

Opinions vary on how Japanese ace's $155M contract with Yanks affects baseball

Originally Published: January 23, 2014
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Masahiro Tanaka wakes up a happy man today. His talent has been validated by the fifth-largest contract for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history, and he has a chance to show that his skills will translate into a starting role with the game's marquee franchise.

Agent Casey Close is also walking with an extra spring in his step after negotiating a combined $370 million in salaries for Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Tanaka in a six-day span. The two contracts have ...

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