The haggling between Major League Baseball and the Japanese League over a new posting system became drawn out throughout the winter and ended up greatly favoring Tanaka. Under the old system, the posting fee would have been much larger -- maybe more than three times the $20 million the Yankees ponied up -- and Tanaka's contract likely would have been about $100 million less.
During a meeting in January, the Yankees presented Tanaka with why they thought he would be a good fit.
The eight-person Yankees contingent, which included team president Randy Levine, left the get-together impressed.
"He reminds us a lot of Matsui," Levine said. "When we went to L.A. and met him and said, 'This is where you need to be. You are a great star. The biggest franchise. The biggest brand. The biggest city.' He said there were some other teams that wanted him to transition. He didn't like that. He wanted to take the ball on Day 1. That told us a lot about him."
Tanaka will report to the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Fla., by Friday, when pitchers and catchers are due.