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There could be a big change to the Japanese player posting system this offseason

Sep 16, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

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David Lennon of Newsday has a report which could prove pretty significant: a change to the NPB-to-Major Leagues posting system in which U.S. teams bid on the right to negotiate with Japanese players coming to the United States.

As of now, the teams interested in negotiating submit sealed bids, one is selected and the player has to negotiate with them or else not come to the U.S. at all until he is posted in a subsequent year. Lennon reports, however, that the process could be changed to where the top three bids are selected and the player can choose which of the three teams to engage.

It’s not free agency, exactly, but it does give the player a bit more choice. And though it may cost the Japanese team which gets the posting fee a bit of money if the player chooses, say, the third highest bidder, it may make the player more likely to strike a deal and thus improve the odds that the Japanese team gets a posting fee at all.

  1. The Dangerous Mabry - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Most importantly, this begins to address the case where a team bids an outrageous posting fee for a player with whom they have no intention of negotiating in order to block any other teams from signing that player. Seems like a good start at any rate.

  2. thebigtim2012 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Dice k killed the whole thing for me

    • Reflex - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Darvish made it awesome for me.

    • stevemarines - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Why? Some signings succeed, some fail.

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