12/16 MLB, Japan league reach agreement

Let the bidding begin for Masahiro Tanaka. MLB announced Monday it has agreed to terms with Nippon Professional Baseball on revised protocols for the posting system shared by the leagues.

Here are the details:

* If a Japanese team wishes to make one of its players available to Major League clubs, the NPB shall notify the Office of the Commissioner. There will be a release fee to secure that player, and it may not go higher than $20 million.

* MLB will then post the player’s availability by notifying all Major League Clubs of the Japanese player’s availability. All postings must be made between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1. There is a 30-day window for teams to negotiate with the player. If the posted Japanese player fails to reach an agreement with a Major League club, teams do not pay the posting fee.

The question now is whether the Rakuten Golden Eagles will post their ace, Tanaka, 25. The Japanese team was hoping for a posting fee worth $75 million or more. The Rangers paid a $51.7 million posting fee for the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish. If Tanaka is made available, the Cubs are expected to be involved. During the Winter Meetings last week, both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer said the Cubs will most likely be “one of 30 teams” to make an offer.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Any good team would be foolish not to sign this Japanese sensation. Unless your the Chicago cubs! This organization is a major disappointment. So many ways to improve immediately but they choose the snail approach. No team in history has put 25 rookies on a roster and won anything. Boooooooo

Very pleased with the progress Theo/Jed have made in two short years. In fact, the snail approach as you say, is refreshing in many ways.
You also state that any team would be foolish for not signing the Japanese sensation? So if the Cubs signed him, that would make ALL other teams foolish?
Or if, the Rangers sign him, does that make only the Cubs foolish?
I am positive Cubs Management will make the right offer, as well as post the fee. However if the Yankees or any other club, offer an Ellsbury Dough Boy ammount, I doubt the Cubs can compete.
According to your post above, every team is going to look foolish, except one.

Just a gut feeling but I think we should be careful what we wish for on this one.

No Tanaka for anyone! Just read that Japanese team will NOT let him join MLB. So that must have been my “gut feeling”.

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