Results tagged ‘ Yu Darvish ’

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

12/3 Could Cubs bid for Tanaka?

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees and Dodgers are expected to be the most aggressive in pursuit of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka when the posting system is finalized. Major League officials and the Japanese league are ironing out details.

Sherman said executives from two clubs expect the Cubs to be in the mix as well, with one saying they will be “really aggressive.”

Sherman notes that the Cubs have several impact position players (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora) but not enough pitching.

Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer have been involved in the posting process for Japanese players before. They were with the Red Sox when they gave $51.1 million posting fee to land Daisuke Matsuzaka. If the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox are in pursuit of Tanaka, it will be expensive.

The posting fees are still to be resolved. According to Sherman, MLB officials have been trying to lower the fees transferred from their teams to Japanese teams as part of the process to gain negotiating rights. The Rangers paid the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters $51.7 million posting fee to get Yu Darvish, then signed him to a six-year, $60 million contract.

MLB has a current proposal that involves a limit of $20 million, Sherman writes.

Why is Tanaka so highly regarded? Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 regular season games with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, that’s why.

— Carrie Muskat