Tanaka, who spent the 2021 season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball’s Japan Pacific League, had a two-year contact and an opt-out clause.
However, he is continuing his career in Japan — at least for next year — the Golden Eagles announced Friday.
“I will report directly with the feeling of tomorrow’s fans. We look forward to seeing you all!” Tanaka said in a statement released through the club.
Tanaka, 33, went 4-9 with a 3.01 ERA in 155 2/3 IP over 23 games with the Golden Eagles in 2021 — his first season back in Japan since 2013. He went 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA in 175 games (172 starts) over 1,315 IP with the Golden Eagles from 2007-13.
The Yankees signed Tanaka on Jan. 22, 2014, for seven years and $155 million. He lived up to his hype as an MLB rookie during the 2014 season, voted to the All-Star Game while going 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA in 136 1/3 innings pitched over 20 starts.
With the Yankees from 2014-20, he totaled a 78-46 regular-season record and 3.74 ERA in 174 games (173 starts) over 1,054 1/3 innings pitched, striking out 991 while walking 208.
A two-time All-Star selection, including in the 2019 season, Tanaka’s 2020 campaign saw him go 3-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 10 starts spanning 48 innings pitched, including 44 strikeouts to eight walks and nine home runs allowed.
Source: Yahoo Sports