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MLB, NPB nearing new posting system agreement

Dec 4, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

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According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, who has translated a Wednesday evening report from Sanspo in Japan, officials at Nippon Professional Baseball headquarters are prepared to accept a new outline of posting system rules from MLB execs.

It’s not exactly clear at this point what their final agreement is going to look like — word is there is an official announcement scheduled for Thursday — but here are the basic details of Major League Baseball’s initial posting system proposal, presented this week to the folks at NPB:

It’s a system that would help low-budget MLB teams that have had to shy away from high posting fees and it gives much more freedom and opportunity to Japanese players trying to move from NPB to MLB.

Masahiro Tanaka is the big-ticket item on the international market this winter and will hopefully be able to soon accept bids from interested Major League Baseball clubs. The 25-year-old right-hander finished 24-0 with a lights-out 1.27 ERA in 212 innings this past season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

  1. Old Gator - Dec 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Another evening, another report that we’re still “approaching” a new posting agreement. It’s like Groundhog Day.

    • lanflfan - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      “Just put your little hand in mine, and together there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb” (bash alarm clock, rinse and repeat)

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I hope this is the case, the rumored “lowest win % team” gets to pick mentioned earlier today would be far dumber.

  3. pilonflats - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    it sounds like a pretty fair agreement. the Japanese players have already played the game and have earned their shot to pick their team amongst suitors instead of going to the team that posted the most.

  4. buffalo65 - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    He will enjoy the multicultural city of Toronto. Thank goodness he gets to pick and isn’t forced to goto New York.

  5. andyreidisfat - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    I think they should have to enter the player entry draft like everyone else

    • Kevin S. - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      “Everyone else” is not subject to the player entry draft.

  6. dcarroll73 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    If this is the agreement, it will probably reduce the likelihood of him going to the Yanks. The thinking had been that the Yanks would go high with a posting bid (which doesn’t count against luxury cap) to get exclusive negotiating rights and then try to land him for a salary (AAV) that would keep them under the cap. If the negotiating involves multiple teams, it will probably turn into the same overpay the American free agents are getting. Good for Japanese players; probably bad for Japanese baseball in retaining their talent or else getting tons of money; probably (at least this time) bad for the Yanks.

  7. jss1330 - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I don’t see how this encourages teams to post a player. If the team is limited to $20M then what’s the advantage of posting a player before 8 years of service time? To me it seems as if MLB didn’t really think about to overall effect this will have on acquiring talent.

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