Chris Stewart (baseball)

Tanaka stays with Yankees; Indians keep Brantley

Scratch Masahiro Tanaka off the list of potential free-agent pitchers.

Tanaka said Friday he will stay with the New York Yankees and not exercise the right to opt out of the remaining three seasons of his contract.

"It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past four years playing for this organization," he said in a statement released by the team. "I'm committed to our goal of bringing a World Series championship back."

A right-hander who turned 29 on Wednesday, Tanaka was 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA, the highest of his four seasons with Yankees, and he allowed a career-high 35 home runs. He was on the disabled list for nearly two...

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