This is an absolutely absurd amount of money for a pitcher who has yet to make a single pitch in the MLB. With this deal, the Yankees have now committed $483 million this offseason alone - they apparently haven't learned anything from their previous blockbuster deals with big name free agents. This is the second largest deal ever handed out to a free agent pitcher and let me reiterate - he has never pitched in the MLB before! Sure his stats from last season, are numbers that we haven't seen in the MLB in the live ball era, but we also haven't seen Tanaka in the MLB ever.
Lets break down the numbers in little more detail shall we? Tanaka will make an average annual salary of $22.14 million, the fifth highest annual salary for a pitcher in the major league. Assuming he averages 200 innings per season - which is probably high - he will make $111,000 per inning pitched, or about $37,000 per out.
As a broke college student, I worked about 25-30 hours per week last year and made about $20,000. Masahiro Tanaka will make almost twice what I did all of last year for every single out he records.
Oh, and did I mention that he's two weeks younger than me?
I never should have stopped playing baseball.