Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be making it to Major League Baseball next season after his Japanese team, the Rakuten Eagles, announced they are ready to let him leave. According to YouWager experts this reverse’s the team’s earlier rejection.
The team’s president Yozo Tachibana said during a news conference that the Rakuten Eagles have decided to release the 25 year-old through the posting system, setting the tone for his outing.
Tachibana stated Tanaka’s incredible performance over the past seven years, including this season, showed he deserved to be allowed to move to the U.S.
The right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Eagles during the regular baseball season and sought a move to the majors, however Tanaka has two years remaining on his contract and Rakuten was under no obligation to release him.
Online sports betting experts learned last week that Rakuten was prepared to make Tanaka the highest-paid Japanese pitcher in history by offering to double or possibly triple his $4 million annual salary.
The Japanese player’s 53 complete games and 18 shutouts in Japanese League play both would be tops in MLB among active pitchers. The current active leaders are CC Sabathia (37 complete games) and Tim Hudson (13 shutouts).