The initial stages of the 2017 season can’t be going much worse for New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.
Last Sunday, Tanaka was torched Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day; he lasted just 2.2 innings while giving up eight hits, two walks, and seven earned runs. The Rays got to the 28-year-old early and often, spoiling the lights-out Spring Training that the ace recorded.
On Thursday, the righty was met with another obstacle: the Yankees have no intention of pursuing Tanaka if he opts out of his seven-year deal.
When the news hit the surface, Yankees fans squawked in disbelief that the Yankees already-subpar public relations team hasn’t learned their lesson yet.
Now, of course, the story is changing:
Yankees shoot down report that they will not chase Masahiro Tanaka if he opts out of contract after the season https://t.co/2sIeYoapy9
— George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) April 7, 2017
The Yankees’ front office team of Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine dismissed any notion that Tanaka’s has even been discussed within the organization. Believe who you will, but Brian Cashman is also denying the alleged report.
While the Bombers’ front office does yet another round of damage control, the Yankees prepare to take on the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards at 7:10 PM on Friday night.