- AffiliationNew York Yankees (MLB)
- Last Year's Rank-
- Total Earnings$22,000,000
One of the hardest things to find in baseball is a readymade ace, but the Yankees got one from Japan in the form of Tanaka, who instantly became their biggest pitching star after signing a seven-year, $155 million deal. The 25-year-old’s devastating sinker and slider has lived up to the hype. Tanaka didn’t lose until his seventh start. He also travels in style: before the season began, the right-hander spent $155,000 for a 747 to fly him and a few family members from Tokyo to New York. He doesn’t have any endorsements yet, but his reps say they’re coming.