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Yankees should handle Masahiro Tanaka’s contract with a familiar style

With New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announcing he hasn’t spoken to starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka about a contract extension, the talk about a potential opt out following the 2017 has emerged.

For those who aren’t aware, New York’s 28-year old ace has four years, $89 million left on his seven-year $155 million contract signed in 2014 and there is an opt-out option for the righty following this upcoming season.

Tanaka is coming off a year in which he finished with the third-best ERA (3.07) among qualified American League starters behind Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays (3.