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Masahiro Tanaka returns to Japan, signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

After seven seasons in the Bronx, Masahiro Tanaka has decided to return home to Japan.

In a tweet posted Thursday, the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization announced that they had reached an agreement with the 32-year-old right-hander.

Tanaka confirmed the deal with a Twitter post of his own, and he thanked Yankees fans for their support during his time in New York.

“I wanted to make sure and touch base with you, and thank you for all the love and support you have given me for the past 7 seasons,” said Tanaka. “I feel extremely fortunate having the opportunity to take the field as a member of the New York Yankees, and play in front of all you passionate fans. It has been an honor and a privilege! Thank you so much!!”

Tanaka spent seven seasons with the Rakuten Eagles, going 99-35 with a 2.29 ERA before signing a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees in January 2014.

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