Yankees sign nine players to minor league deals

The Yankees have announced that they have signed nine players to minor league contracts with an invite to spring training, which ups their total to 26.

These players include right-hander Bruce Billings, infielder Russ Canzler, right-hander Robert Coello, right-hander Brian Gordon, right-hander Chris Leroux, outfielder Antoan Richardson, infielder Scott Sizemore, infielder Yangervis Solarte and infielder Zelous Wheeler.

Yankees agree with Masahiro Tanaka

The Yankees have confirmed that they are in agreement with free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanka with a deal that will earn him $155 million over 7 years. An opt out clause can be exercised after the 2017 season.  The deal comes just two days before the scheduled deadline that Tanaka has to sign with a big league club.

Tanaka posted a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA last season with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

With the Yankees securing Tanaka, their rotation just got a lot deeper than it was 24 hours ago. Tanaka will likely be the number two or three starter in the rotation behind Sabathia and Kuroda.

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