Scratch Masahiro Tanaka off the list of potential free-agent pitchers. Tanaka said Friday he will stay with the
“It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past four years playing for this organization,” he said in a statement released by the team. “I'm committed to our goal of bringing a
A right-hander who turned 29 on Wednesday, Tanaka was 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA, the highest of his four seasons with Yankees, and he allowed a career-high 35 home runs. He was on the disabled list for nearly two weeks in August because of right shoulder inflammation, then went 5-2 in his last seven regular-season starts.
Tanaka excelled in the playoffs, going 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA, 18 strikeouts and three walks in 20 innings during the Division Series against Cleveland and League Championship Series versus Houston. That led to speculation he might give up the $67 million still owed on his $155 million, seven-year deal and test the market.
Tanaka is 52-28 with New York. He was found to have a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow during the 2014 season, and since then the Yankees have tried to give him extra rest at times. He gets a $22 million salary in each of the next two seasons and $23 million in 2020.
The 30-year-old hit .299 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 90 games, his second straight injury-shortened season. He went on the disabled list twice and had right ankle surgery on Oct. 18. Brantley was limited to 11 games in 2016 because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.
“Going into the season, he had some shoulder issues that really didn't affect him a whole lot for the majority of the season. And he performed at an exceedingly high level in the first half and earned an All-Star berth based upon that performance,” general manager
Cleveland also exercised a $3-million option on right-hander
Cleveland has until Monday to exercise a $7 million option on left-hander
There are 155 free agents and about 20 more players are subject to decisions on options by Monday. Teams will announce decisions Monday on $17.4 million qualifying offers, which attach draft-pick compensation. Players have until Nov. 16 to accept.
In other news among potential free agents:
—The Los Angeles Angels declined a $13-million option on right-hander Ricky Nolasco and a $10 million option on right-hander Huston Street. Each gets a $1-million buyout.
—World Series champion Houston exercised a $6-million option on All-Star second baseman
—In Derek Jeter's first major roster move running the Marlins, Miami declined a $2-million option on 44-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who gets a $500,000 buyout.
—Pittsburgh exercised a $14.75-million option on star outfielder