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