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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka


Age: 34Bats: RThrows: R

2022 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #495
Best / Worst #317 / #317
ADP #940

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Masahiro Tanaka returns to Japan to pitch in NPB

Masahiro Tanaka signed a two-year contract to return home to Japan and pitch for the Rakuten Eagles.

Fantasy Impact

It's unknown exactly how much interest Tanaka received in free agency. Perhaps he simply wanted to return home given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, this ends a successful major league run for Tanaka. The 32-year-old finishes his career with a 3.74 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 78-46 lifetime record. He also pitched some big games for the Yankees in some of their recent playoff runs.

Masahiro Tanaka close to returning to Japan with the Rakuten Eagles

Reports indicate that Masahiro Tanaka is negotiating with his former team, the Rakuten Eagles of the Nippon Professional League.

Fantasy Impact

With the Yankees acquiring Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon in recent weeks, they're attempting to patch up the holes lost from Tanaka and James Paxton. Assuming Tanaka signs in Japan, then fade him in fantasy baseball drafts.

Corbin Young2 years ago
Masahiro Tanaka possibly pitches in Japan this year

According to Andy Martino, it sounds like there's continued speculation that Masahiro Tanaka will pitch in Japan this year. Tanaka also acknowledged that there's a possibility of that happening.

Fantasy Impact

As a free agent, Masahiro Tanaka is coming off of a decent 2020 season. He finished 2020 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with a 22.3% strikeout rate and a 4.1% walk rate in 48 innings. Throughout Tanaka's major league career, Tanaka has a 3.74 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with a 23.1% strikeout rate and a 4.8% walk rate. He provides healthy ratios with a decent K-BB%. He's a relatively safe and reliable starting pitcher for real life and fantasy squads.

Corbin Young2 years ago
Masahiro Tanaka yields five runs, picks up the loss Game 3

Masahiro Tanaka allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four over four innings in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the Rays in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact

Tanaka was hurt by the long ball in Wednesday's loss as he surrendered home runs to Kevin Kiermaier and Randy Arozarena. He threw a total of 76 pitchings, landing 46 for strikes. Tanaka has struggled during the 2020 postseason, recording a 12.38 ERA, 2.13 WHIP and seven strikeouts over eight innings. The Rays lead the Yankees 2-1 in the five-game series.

Brad Camara2 years ago
Masahiro Tanaka will start Game 3 of the ALDS vs Rays

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact

Tanaka was roughed up by Cleveland in his last start, yielding six runs over four innings. He will follow Gerrit Cole and Deivi Garcia in the ALDS. Tanaka owned a 3.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 44 strikeouts over 48 innings during the regular season.

Brad Camara2 years ago
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