Japanese players may be joining the Major League Baseball (MLB) as early as November when the new posting agreement between America’s professional Baseball league and Japan is expected to come into place. Once sealed, ball players from Japan will have easier and faster opportunities to play in the United States.
Based on the new posting agreement between MLB and Japan, interested clubs will no longer have to wait for their pick to become a free agent before placing a bid. The new agreement is also expected to be modified with the stipulation on how much an interested team may place as a bid for its choice player. The Japanese player, under the new agreement, may even be given the option to choose which MLB team he wants to play for.
In the previous agreement, these clubs would have to place blind bids just to have the right to negotiate with a top player for a deal. If both parties could not agree on a deal, the player would be returned to his Japanese team. The posted bid, on the other hand, is refunded if such was the case. Among those reckoned to be the first Japanese player posted under the new agreement with the MLB is the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Interested clubs in Tanaka include the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers, and the Red Sox, which are currently playing against the St. Louis Cardinals for the World Series title.
[via SB Nation]
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