Yokoso Masahiro! Tanaka officially signed a seven-year contract with the Yankees today.There you have it. The Yankees have officially announced the deal so any last doubts that may have lingered about it can be put to rest. Multiple beat guys have confirmed that lefty David Huff has been DFA'd to clear a roster spot, and since we already know that the Yanks aren't going to conduct a second physical on Tanaka all that's left to speculate on is his jersey number.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) January 22, 2014
Kudos to the Yankees for coming out on top of this and making all the effort they put in on scouting Tanaka worthwhile. I know there were some doubts out there about whether or not he'd sign with them, but the allure of the playing in pinstripes is clearly still alive and well. I'll have more thoughts on the deal and what it means for Tanaka and the Yanks moving forward tomorrow.