• MLB decision could impact Tanaka's availability

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Nov 15, 2013
    “Well, we’ll see,” Astros owner Jim Crane said Thursday when asked about Tanaka. Tanaka is the most sought-after Japanese pitcher since Darvish signed with the Texas Rangers before the 2012 season. It’s possible that no U.S. Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander, went a 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the regular season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 27 starts for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League, has been expected to be the most expensive import in NPB-MLB history, eclipsing the salary and posting fee totaling $111.7 million incurred by the Texas Rangers when they added Yu Darvish before the 2012 season. Without an agreement, Japanese players would not be able to sign with MLB until they had nine years of service time and could become free agents. As was the case with the old posting system, the new proposal called for Japanese players to be auctioned, with the major-league team submitting the top bid gaining the exclusive negotiating rights. The posting fee the fee paid to a player’s Japanese league team was to fall between the top bid and the runner-up bid.
    Sources: ESPN.com MLB.com
    • Would Tanaka be in consideration for Astros?

      It’s possible that no U.S. team will land Masahiro Tanaka this winter. The 25-year-old Japanese right-handed pitcher was expected to sign with a major league team this offseason, but MLB and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball haven’t agreed on a way t…
      Source: chron.com
    • Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka might not make it to MLB in 2014

      No Masa? The top free-agent pitcher on the market in Major League Baseball, Japan's Masahiro Tanaka, might be blocked from coming to the United States for the 2014 season. Major league owners reportedly are having trouble agreeing with Nippon Profession…
      Source: yahoo.com
    • MLB nixes its proposal for new posting system

      ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason.
      Source: CNNSI.com

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