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Japanese teams pitching in to help Masahiro Tanaka’s team get rid of him

Dec 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

This is pretty awesome. Because the posting fee for Japanese players is now capped at $20 million, teams have a way lower incentive to post their players, as they used to be able to get way more. That’s been the holdup for Rakuten, the team which is trying to decide if it will post Masahiro Tanaka. Is it worth losing the best pitcher they’ll likely have for decades for $20 million?

Well, their competition is helping make that decision easier:

 

This is fantastic. I mean, yes, there may be other incentives at play here, but I’m going to choose to think that this is the equivalent of the other NL West teams paying the Dodgers to get rid of Clayton Kershaw or the AL Central teams banding together to encourage the Tigers to release Miguel Cabrera.

  1. twenty1miles - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Or all 30 teams paying the Yankees to get rid of A-Rod.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      No, no, no it’s the other way around.

  2. alexo0 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    If I’m in the AL East I’d probably sooner chip in to have the Yankees keep ARod.

    • twenty1miles - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Well played.

    • billybawl - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      You kid, but I don’t think it’s impossible that MLB would chip in with the Yankees to make A-Rod an offer to buy out his contract. He’s hurting the league now, not just the Yankees.

  3. ramrene - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I hope MLB realizes it just shut down the pipeline to the NPB due to it’s ridiculously low posting cap. No team from that league will post anyone of significance now and the American public will miss out getting the chance to watch players like Yu Darvish or Hiroki Kuroda or Ichio Suzuki. Way to go MLB!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      You know that the NPB had to agree to this too right? It’s not like how MLB and the MLBPA screwed over draftees. If the NPB didn’t want this, they didn’t have to agree to it (and mentioning this again, only Rakuten opposed this new cap, all the other Japanese owners agreed to it).

    • davidbrentfan - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      “I hope MLB realizes it just shut down the pipeline to the NPB due to it’s ridiculously low posting cap. No team from that league will post anyone of significance now and the American public will miss out getting the chance to watch players like Yu Darvish or Hiroki Kuroda or Ichio Suzuki. Way to go MLB!”

      I don’t really care. Great Japanese talents who can excel *in the major leagues* (not just Japanese baseball, which is far easier than MLB) are so few and far between, that I don’t think I will be missing much because of this.

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The Yanks did this to Pittsburgh and AJ Burnett last year. See how well it works?

  5. billybawl - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I’m curious: why would NPB agree to a $20M cap? Is it because MLB said it would just wait until Japanese players hit free agency and not pay any posting fee?

    • thekcubrats - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Obviously, all NPB teams want the incentives to let their stars go balance out with the incentives to keep them in Japan, for Japan. Except Rakuten. This year. Re: Tanaka. Something about $80M windfall dreams there. The $20M cap enforces the consideration and possibility of saying no to MLB, on a player by player basis. Typical owner clubby anticompetitive nonsense familiar on both sides of the big pond: b.s. rules designed to keep the owners from falling all over themselves and damaging the product in the pursuit of short-term gains or magic bullets. You think MLB owners wouldn’t like to institute salary and payout caps all over the place?

    • anotheryx - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      It’s actually very understandable: This will reduce the team’s incentive to sell off its stars, which while might be great for the team, and for other teams who compete with them, might not be so great for the league.
      Japan is packed with protectionism, this is nothing compared their agriculture: 1, Japan can’t produce enough food to feed all its people 2; Japan makes food import extremely hard to protect their own agriculture 3; Japan ends up import majority of the food anyway because they can’t produce nearly enough food; 4, Japan actually OVER import and throws a big chunk it away so that they be able to import enough food when their is a nature disaster. In order to protect their own agriculture, they have to purchase MORE food at a HIGHER price just in case their agriculture fails.

  6. jikkle49 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Heck why not get a Kickstarter going while they are at it so they can get they can get fans from both sides of the Pacific to help.

    Japanese fans of the teams he’s not on want him gone and North American fans who think their team has a shot at him would help get him posted as well.

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      While you’re at it let’s get a Kickstarter going for a new MLB team in Montreal. Or a new Ray’s stadium.

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