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New posting system could set maximum posting amounts

Dec 2, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Masahiro Tanaka AP

As MLB and NPB work toward a new agreement on how Japanese players will be made available for negotiations with U.S. clubs, a report is out which suggests a new possible framework: maximum bids.

That comes from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, who reports that MLB’s proposal to Japanese officials calls for a maximum amount for bids on players exposed to the posting system. While a report earlier in the day suggested that, if more than one team makes a max bid, the team with the worst record gets the right to negotiate with the player, Brown denies this. Rather, all teams who bid the max would be allowed to negotiate.

Like Brown says, though, this is just a proposal. Ultimately, NPB is looking for a way to extract top dollar for negotiation rights while MLB is looking for a way to cap the bids and, if possible, benefit teams with worse records and/or lower revenues. Obviously something will have to give before an agreement is reached.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Hard to allow teams with the worst records first dibs at bidding when usually they are bottom tier teams due to their lack of spending. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense here…

    • mikhelb - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      MLB wants to benefit owners who decide to pocket money from revenue sharing instead of investing it. If they invest one time in a BIG japanese import it would fuel ticket sales but since it would be the only acquisition, they will still be bad, will still get revenue share money+higher ticket sales.

      • lisaggamino - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        my friend’s step-aunt makes 82 usd an hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for six months but last month her paycheck was 20264 usd just working on the laptop for a few hours. go to website.//….xurl.es/plh7x

    • Bryz - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Here’s the teams with the worst records last year and their ranking in 2013 payroll.

      Houston – 30th
      Miami – 29th
      Chicago (AL) – 9th
      Chicago (NL) – 14th
      Minnesota – 23rd
      Seattle – 20th
      Philadelphia – 3rd
      Colorado – 24th
      Toronto – 10th
      New York (NL) – 19th

      While there certainly are most of these teams in the bottom 3rd in payroll, I think it’s still notable to see that two teams were in the upper 3rd and middle 3rd as well. However, I’d also argue that the Astros weren’t necessarily terrible because they didn’t spend any money. They could have added about $30 million in payroll and they still would have been bad last year.

      • pipkin42 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Also, the Mets should have a higher payroll, but the Wilpons are broke. And the Cubs probably will end up having a higher payroll once they are in a different part of the success cycle.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        There’s some correlation between spending and success, but the causality isn’t clear. A team that isn’t going to contend isn’t likely to spend big, while a team on the cusp of contention will probably spend more to maximize their chances while they have a window.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Why should teams who throw away their season be rewarded for doing so? Why should teams who strive to field competitive teams be punished?

    • dcarroll73 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      And the corollary – why isn’t there a requirement that all that luxury tax money must increase team budget or the owner doesn’t get it? This ought to be done using some formula with last year’s budget times a factor for the overall increase in all team budgets. If you haven’t pumped that amount plus the tax into the team, to paraphrase the Soup Nazi, “NO LUXURY TAX FOR YOU!”

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        I have never understood how people can revile the Steinbrenners and the Yankees, who are at least somewhat noble in their all-out effort to win every year. Yet the same people remain mum on other billionaires who put out substandard teams in order to use their team as a personal piggy bank.

        If not related to budget directly, teams should be penalized for horrendous performance. Perhaps a penalty for losing 100 games? It messes with the competitive balance of the whole sport.

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