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  1. Masahiro Tanaka bidding begins on Thursday morning and will conclude by January 24

    Dec 25, 2013, 5:15 PM EST

    masahiro tanaka team japan getty

    Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings this past summer for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball and was cleared on Tuesday evening to pursue his dream of pitching at the sport’s highest level: Major League Baseball. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily…

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  3. Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to make the jump to MLB

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    masahiro tanaka getty japan

    Some breaking baseball news this Christmas Eve. Via the translating skills of the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez, Sponichi in Japan is reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to go through with posting right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, allowing him to depart for Major League Baseball. Rakuten had second thoughts about allowing Tanaka to leave…

  4. The Rays are in no rush to trade David Price

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    david price getty

    After the Mariners signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract two weeks ago, many predicted that the next shoe to drop would be a trade with the Rays for David Price. But reports indicated that the Rays would only let go of the left-hander if the Mariners included Taijuan Walker in…

  5. Rakuten insists that it has still not decided whether or not its posting Mashiro Tanaka

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Despite yesterday’s reports that the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided not to post Masahiro Tanaka, the team insists that it is still having internal discussions on the matter and has not made a decision one way or another. There is no timetable for decision, and players can be posted up until February 1. While it’s…

  6. Report: Rakuten will not allow Masahiro Tanaka come to the United States

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:06 AM EST

    masahiro tanaka japan getty

    Big news from Japan this morning. The New York Times passes along reports from Japan that the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not post Masahiro Tanaka. Rather, as reported last night, they are going to offer him a contract in the neighborhood of $8 million and force him to stay in Japan. This would be way…

  7. Some random crazy video of Masahiro Tanaka on a variety show will make it all better

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Bored? Cold? Stressed by the holidays and your team’s lack of good hot stove moves? Never fear, Japanese variety shows are here. Featuring future MLBer — we think, anyway — Masahiro Tanaka, doing silly dances: Thanks to Dan Zinski at FanSided for finding this gem, and thanks to HBT reader NatsLady for pointing it out…

  8. Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to be posted after all

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:57 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    This morning there was a report that the Rakuten Golden Eagles would try to persuade Masahiro Tanaka to stay in Japan. Now, late this afternoon, comes word that they will grant his wish to be posed after all. The report comes from Sanspo.com, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. As previously reported, the new…

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

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:58 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EST

    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…

  12. MLB, NPB agree to a new posting system

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:52 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

    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…

  17. MLB, NPB nearing new posting system agreement

    Dec 4, 2013, 7:37 PM EST

    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 —…

  18. MLB could reach deal on new posting system soon

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 23, 2013, 6:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:40 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:10 PM EST

    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”…

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

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:34 PM EST

    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…

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