Tanaka will stay with Yanks

Masahiro Tanaka announced Friday that he has decided not to opt out of the remaining three years and $67 million on his contract with the Yankees, saying that it had been a “simple decision” to remain with the club.

“I have decided to stay with the Yankees for the next three seasons,” Tanaka said in a statement.

Tanaka’s performance found another gear late in the season, as he went 8-5 with a 3.54 ERA over his final 16 starts, including a 15-strikeout performance in his regular-season finale against the Blue Jays on Sept.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand discusses Masahiro Tanaka not opting out of his contract and staying with the Yankees Tanaka blanked the Indians over seven innings in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, held the Astros to two runs over six innings in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series at Houston, then hurled seven scoreless innings in Game 5 of the ALCS in New York.

After the Yankees were eliminated in Game 7 of the ALCS, Tanaka said he planned to consult with agent Casey Close about his upcoming decision.

MLB Tonight discusses Masahiro Tanaka’s decision to stay with the New York Yankees rather than opt out of his deal With Tanaka remaining in New York, the Yankees’ rotation for 2018 projects to include Tanaka, Luis Severino, Sonny Gray and perhaps Jordan Montgomery, with Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield leading the list of options from the farm system.

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch looks at how the Yankees’ 2018 rotation could shape up with Masahiro Tanaka staying in the Bronx