In his seven-year career in Nippon Professional Baseball, Tanaka (pictured on the left) was 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.  Last season he was as impressive as any prospect that was scouted as he finished the 2013 season going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings.  Tanaka earned that record with three plus pitches, according to the scouts.  His fastball is reported to run around the mid-90s, along with a devastating splitter that sits in the 85-90 range and a slider that is reported to be in the low-80s.

As part of the new posting system, New York owes the Golden Eagles a $20 million posting fee.  Not only that, but the Yankees have now surpassed the $189 million luxury tax threshold, so that just shows how serious they were about signing Tanaka.