Masahiro Tanaka free agency: Right-hander returns to Japan after seven years with Yankees

 Masahiro Tanaka free agency: Right-hander returns to Japan after seven years with Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka is back pitching in Japan after a mostly successful tenure with the Yankees.

The Rakuten Eagles announced Thursday that Tanaka had returned to the club he left in 2013 to move stateside. Terms were not disclosed. Reports on Wednesday said the sides were close to an agreement.

Tanaka, 32, became an MLB free agent in the offseason after his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees expired. He was solid during his tenure in the Bronx, posting a 3.74 ERA in the regular season and a 3.33 mark in the postseason. 

 

Last year, he made 10 starts in the shortened 60-game season. He started his season a week late after suffering a concussion during summer camp. He was struck in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive during live batting practice.

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