The Yankees sold the right to RHP Darrell Rasner to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League in return for $1 million. Rasner is expected to sign a two-year deal with the team. He and his agent approached the Yankees about making the deal. The story was first reported by ESPN.com.
Rasner was 5-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 24 games last season, 20 of them starts. He joined the rotation in May and lasted about four months. A lack of run support hurt him early but over the final two months of the season he did not pitch well.
The upside? Beyond the Benjamins, the Yankees clear a spot on the 40-man roster they can use to protect somebody from the Rule 5 draft if they want.
Rasner is a good guy who was always professional and hopefully this gives him a chance to make some money for his young family. His stuff will probably translate well to Japan.