It must be really nice to be Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees. The pitcher from Japan struck gold, agreeing to a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees a month ago and he plans on heading to New York to be introduced as a member of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. He was so elated that he will never have to worry about money again that he spend $195,000 on a flight to the United States this past weekend.
The 25-year-old phenom was the most highly sought-after pitcher on the free agent market during this year’s offseason and his huge deal with the Yankees makes him yet another over-priced star for the ‘Evil Empire’.
As one of the highest paid pitchers in the game today, Tanaka will have to prove himself in MLB in order for him to earn respect from the rest of the league — his paycheck can’t do all the talking.
However, on Sunday, he boarded a flight that was leaving Tokyo and headed to New York with his wife, his wife’s poodle and three other people — yes, that’s five people and a dog on a flight that usually carries about 300 people. In the end, each person’s ticket came out to be about $40,000 a piece and, of course, the newly wealthy pitcher took care of the tab.
I’m not sure if anyone has told him yet that he can’t be dropping $200,000 every time he flies just because his contract isn’t actually worth all of the $155 million that it looks like he is supposed to earn based on New York taxes. In fact, he will lost over half of his contract and pay nearly $90 million of his $155 million in taxes.
Yes, it’s sad, he has to settle with just about $70 million over seven years. Tough life.
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