The new NPB posting system is now official, and thanks to Chad Jennings of LoHud, we have the specific rules. NPB clubs set a “release fee” of up to $20 million, and any team that is willing to pay the fee has the rights to negotiate with the free agent. This allows small market teams to be more involved, but really screws over the NPB teams, specifically the Rakuten Eagles, who could have received well over $50 million for posting Masahiro Tanaka.
Speaking of which, the Eagles have decided that they will post Tanaka. The Yankees are said to be very interested in the right-handed pitcher, and the team did a ton of scouting earlier in the season. In the old rules, Tanaka made perfect sense for the club, but now with more teams allowed in contract negotiations, Tanaka will undoubtedly cost more towards the luxury tax. Either way, many see the Yankees as favorites to land Tanaka, and after he’s officially posted, teams will have 30 days to make their best offer.
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