When it came to deciding whether to opt-out of his final three seasons with the pinstripes or to stay.
Masahiro Tanaka chose to stay and his decision apparently came from his heart.
Quoted saying “My thought was I want to go out and battle with these guys again and try to really get to where we want to get.”
Tanaka is 52-28 as a Yankees starter in 105 starts, though last year he allowed 35 home runs, 13 more than 2016 and only held a 13-12 record in 2017.
Success coming in the later half of the season, New York went on an unexpected run finding themselves on the doorstep of a World Series, falling short in Game 7 of the ALCS.
“My thought process right now is to just try and go in the season from where I left off last season.” Tanaka said.
Tanaka also said he is excited to play with recently acquired Giancarlo Stanton and new manager Aaron Boone.
Although I am sure he is enjoying the New York Yankees lifestyle, the huge paycheck could’ve been an influence since not many teams out there are spewing out the dollar bills in the offseason.
Pitchers and catchers report for the Yankees Tuesday.