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  • Affiliation
    New York Yankees (MLB)
  • Last Year's Rank
    -
  • Salary
    $22,000,000
  • Endorsements
    -
  • 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.