New York Yankees captain, Derek Jeter has today hailed the signing of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.
Talking to the media at the Yankees training complex in Tampa, Jeter praised the significance of the move for the 27-time World Champions.
“It’s huge, man, the game is pitching. If you have great pitching, you always have an opportunity to win.”
The Yankees struggled with injuries for the majority of last season, finishing third in the AL East with a 85-77 record and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Bronx-based ball club have reacted aggressively this off-season however by opting not to re-sign the expensive Robison Cano but to sign Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian Roberts and Tanaka.
Alex Rodriguez will also be serving his suspension for the entirety of the season and so the Yankees have money to spend before spring training opens.
Jeter also said he wasn't concerned by the owners level of spending this winter:
“Our team has been known to make financial commitments to a lot of people throughout the course of the year,” Jeter said. “Anytime you have ownership that’s willing to spend money and trying to do whatever they can to make the team better, it feels good for us as players.”
Jeter, a 13 time All-Star, struggled with a number of injuries himself last season and finished with a batting average of .190 and one home run in 17 games.