TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees captain Derek Jeter says Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka provides a huge boost to New York's rotation.
After going 24-0 in Japan's Pacific League last season, Tanaka agreed this week to a $155 million, seven-year contract with New York. Jeter says ''the game is pitching'' and ''from everything I've heard, he's going to be quite an addition to our team.''
Tanaka was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, striking out 1,238 in 1,315 innings.
Following just the second season in 19 years that didn't include a playoff appearance, the Yankees also agreed to deals during the offseason with catcher Brian McCann ($85 million for five years) and outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury ($153 million for seven) and Carlos Beltran ($45 million for three).

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