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!!”
— 田中将大/MASAHIRO TANAKA (@t_masahiro18) January 28, 2021
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.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) January 28, 2021
It was a pleasure to watch and call all of @t_masahiro18 starts as a Yankee. A true professional who handled himself with grace and class. He totally lived up to his end of the bargain. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him back before his career is over. #TanakaTime
— David Cone (@dcone36) January 28, 2021
— Luis Cessa (@LuisCessaMx) January 28, 2021
— Gary Sanchez (@ElGarySanchez) January 28, 2021
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. pic.twitter.com/mwCj2oGLSN
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) January 28, 2021
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 28, 2021