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  1. The Rakuten Golden Eagles are trying to convince Masahiro Tanaka to stay in Japan

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    Masahiro Tanaka wants to play in the United States. To do that, his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, have to agree to post him. Under the new posting rules agreed to by MLB and NPB, Rakuten stands to get $20 million, which is way less than posting teams used to get. And they’d lose their…

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

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    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…

  3. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings pic

    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

  4. MLB, NPB agree to a new posting system

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    It’s been a long time coming — and was mostly agreed to a couple of days ago — but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that MLB and NPB have an agreement in place on a new posting system that now only requires ratification by baseball’s executive council. That approval is expected. The…

  5. We could soon get some clarity on the Masahiro Tanaka situation

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    tanaka getty

    We have seen some conflicting reports in recent days about whether the Rakuten Golden Eagles will post much-hyped right-hander Masahiro Tanaka this winter, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports brings word on why there could finally be some clarity on the situation this week: The will-he-or-won’t-he question may find resolution in the next couple of…

  6. Rakuten Golden Eagles appear likely to allow Masahiro Tanaka’s departure to MLB

    Dec 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    tanaka getty

    Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana spoke to the Japanese media this weekend about MLB and NPB’s new posting system, which puts a $20 million cap on posting fees. The Golden Eagles own the rights to the hottest international free agent on the market this winter, Masahiro Tanaka, and were hoping to cash in like…

  7. Rakuten Golden Eagles may not post Masahiro Tanaka due to $20 million posting fee limit

    Dec 7, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball recently agreed to a new posting system, altering the way Major League teams pursue Japanese talent. One of the changes capped posting fees at $20 million, meaning that if multiple teams are willing to pay the fee, the player can negotiate with them all, with only the winner…

  8. Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for…

  9. MLB, NPB nearing new posting system agreement

    Dec 4, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

    masahiro tanaka getty

    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 —…

  10. MLB could reach deal on new posting system soon

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Japanese baseball officials have been negotiating the details to a new posting system throughout the off-season, which will have a big impact on the future of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Some suggested changes reported a few weeks ago included the winning team paying an average of the top two bids on a…

  11. Report: Mets “heavily involved” in talks with free agent Bronson Arroyo

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo Getty

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with Arroyo at the pitcher’s home in Florida next week. Alderson contacted Arroyo’s representatives on Wednesday to arrange the meeting. 3:00 p.m. ET: It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after…

  12. Japanese baseball officials will try to resolve posting issue in New York

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that top Japanese baseball officials will attempt to finalize a new posting system in New York this week, which will impact free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the most sought-after prize from the Nippon Professional Baseball league. More, from Heyman: There is renewed hope for a posting agreement after…

  13. Yankees, Brian McCann agree to five-year, $85 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    mccann getty

    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and McCann have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. McCann will get five years and $85 million with a vesting option for a sixth year which could bring the total to $100 million. His $17 million AAV (average annual value) is the highest-ever for…

  14. Talks regarding changes to the Japanese player posting system have hit a snag

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard more details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system earlier this week, but it’s not a done deal yet. In fact, Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer, indicated today that an agreement is not close. Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com has the details from Orlando, Florida: “What I would tell you…

  15. More details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system

    Nov 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard back in September that some big changes could be coming to the Japanese player posting system. Some details on those changes are beginning to emerge. While early word indicated that the player would get more control in the process, potentially deciding among the top three bids, that apparently won’t be the case here.…

  16. Report: Yankees are “going to be bold” in bidding for Masahiro Tanaka

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We’ve known for quite some time that the Yankees are expected to bid on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears from sources that they are willing to go to great lengths in order to land him: Sources with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said they are “going to be bold”…

  17. Rosenthal: Ervin Santana wants more than $100 million

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    It’s still early November, so there’s no harm in aiming high. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, free agents Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco are doing just that. Santana wants “more than $100 million” for five years, while Nolasco would settle for a mere $80 million over the same timeframe. Santana’s asking price would seem to…

  18. Masahiro Tanaka earns a save in the Japan Series clincher

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Get used to hearing the name Masahiro Tanaka this offseason. He’s likely to get huge money to come to the U.S. If he does, his last act in Japan was something special. As we noted over the weekend, Tanaka’s record unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Saturday, as the Rakuten Golden Eagles lost 4-2 to the…

  19. Marlins not expected to significantly increase payroll

    Nov 2, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    marlins logo wide

    “We’re getting ready for another season, and we’re going to win more,” Marlins president David Samson assured Christina De Nicola of FOX Sports Florida late last week. “I promise you this: We’re not going to lose 100 games next year. Not even close.” But that doesn’t mean that Marlins fans should be expecting a wheeling-and-dealing…

  20. Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka finally loses a game

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    tanaka ap

    Masahiro Tanaka‘s record unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Saturday, as the Rakuten Golden Eagles lost 4-2 to the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Series. Tanaka went 30 starts between losses dating back to last August, setting a professional record. The 25-year-old right-hander finished the regular season at 24-0 with a…

  21. The Dodgers could go after David Price, Masahiro Tanaka

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Must be nice to have money. And, apparently, prospects. Because the Dodgers are prepared — or are at least able — to go after one of the most expensive free agents and the most desirable trade target this offseason, reports Peter Gammons, who spoke with some GMs who speculate that the Dodgers could do both:…

  22. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  23. Ubaldo Jimenez declines option with Indians, hits free agency

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Ubaldo Jimenez is no dummy. After seeing Tim Lincecum get $35 million, Jimenez said thanks but no thanks to the Indians after they exercised their half of the $8 million option for 2014, thereby becoming a free agent. Jimenez had a nice bounce back year for the Indians. Going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in…

  24. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  25. White Sox open to re-signing Paul Konerko, but lack at-bats

    Oct 29, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko

    They signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million contract and Adam Dunn is still around as a should-be designated hitter, but the White Sox haven’t closed the door on re-signing free agent Paul Konerko. Konerko is pondering retirement following a horrible age-37 season in which he hit just .244 with 12…

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