A cap on fees for the new posting system has been finalized between the Nippon Professional League and Major League Baseball. Under the new system, players can be made available from November 1 to February 1 with a maximum of $20 million and any team from the US’s major league willing to pay the price set can negotiate with the player posted.
With the new development, Rakuten Golden Eagles’ Masahiro Tanaka may be headed to the market, although in a meeting last week Eagles President Yozo Tachibana has stated that no final decision has been made regarding the player yet. While previous biddings had no cap on the posting fee, which oftentimes lead to big league teams the only ones willing to negotiate, as they are the only ones who can afford it, more than a dozen Japanese players have already crossed over to their American counterpart. Daisuke Matsuzaka was previously from the Seibu Lions before joining the Boston Red Sox, and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters was Yu Darvish’s previous team before the Texas Rangers.
Under the new system, the posting fee will only be paid by a MLB team if the player signs and can be given in increments, depending on the amount. Players who do not sign may be posted again until the following November 1. This deal will last for an initial of three years and will continue to run on a one year basis unless either side terminates the agreement at least 180 days before the date of renewal.