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Tanaka chooses Yankees in $155 million deal

(Reuters) - Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has signed a seven-year, $155 million deal to join the New York Yankees, the team reported on Wednesday, making the Japanese ace the fifth highest paid pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. Tanaka, who Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said had been on the team's radar for eight years, was a perfect 24-0 with the Japanese Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles last season and regarded as one of the prize catches of the off-season.

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OF Carlos Beltran reached agreement on a three-year, $45 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to reports on Friday night. The 36-year-old Beltran, who expressed a desire during his career to one day play for the Yankees, batted .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 145 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. Beltran is expected to split time between right field and designated hitter next season.

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OF Carlos Beltran reached agreement on a three-year, $45 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to reports on Friday night. The 36-year-old Beltran, who expressed a desire during his career to one day play for the Yankees, batted .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 145 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. Beltran is expected to split time between right field and designated hitter next season.

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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH Hiroki Kuroda carried the Yankees' rotation for the first four-plus months of the season, going 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA in 24 starts. But as the Yankees' wild-card race heated up, Kuroda cooled off considerably, putting a dent in New York's October dreams in the process.

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LHP Andy Pettitte made his final Yankee Stadium start Sunday, allowing two runs and two hits in seven innings. He pitched seven innings and allowed two hits or less for the first time since a 10-strikeout performance against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 5, 2012. Pettitte, who officially announced his retirement Friday, fell to 10-11 and could finish under .500 for the first time. His only non-winning season was 2008, when he was 14-14 for the Yankees.

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LHP Andy Pettitte made his final Yankee Stadium start Sunday, allowing two runs and two hits in seven innings. He pitched seven innings and allowed two hits or less for the first time since a 10-strikeout performance against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 5, 2012. Pettitte, who officially announced his retirement Friday, fell to 10-11 and could finish under .500 for the first time. His only non-winning season was 2008, when he was 14-14 for the Yankees.

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OF Vernon Wells went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. "Things have been ugly over the last few days and the guys are still battling," said Wells. "It's obviously frustrating going through periods like that, but hopefully this is something that can kick start something special for us." 2B Robinson Cano passed David Winfield sole possession of 16th place on the franchise all-time runs batted in list (819). Cano is one home run shy of tying Dave Winfield (205) for 13th all time on the Yankees home run list.

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OF Vernon Wells went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. "Things have been ugly over the last few days and the guys are still battling," said Wells. "It's obviously frustrating going through periods like that, but hopefully this is something that can kick start something special for us." 2B Robinson Cano passed David Winfield sole possession of 16th place on the franchise all-time runs batted in list (819). Cano is one home run shy of tying Dave Winfield (205) for 13th all time on the Yankees home run list.

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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH A month ago, Hiroki Kuroda's name was being thrust into the American League Cy Young conversation. Why wouldn't it be? He had gone 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA in five July starts, lowering his ERA to 2.38, the lowest in the AL. But August was not kind to the right-hander, who stumbled badly to the tune of 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA, a five-start stretch that not only damaged his Cy Young candidacy, but may have also put a major dent in the Yankees' postseason hopes.

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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH A month ago, Hiroki Kuroda's name was being thrust into the American League Cy Young conversation. Why wouldn't it be? He had gone 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA in five July starts, lowering his ERA to 2.38, the lowest in the AL. But August was not kind to the right-hander, who stumbled badly to the tune of 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA, a five-start stretch that not only damaged his Cy Young candidacy, but may have also put a major dent in the Yankees' postseason hopes.
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