Rakuten Eagles' owner Hiroshi Mikitani had a revealing conversation over Twitter.
In response to the following question:
Mikitani-san, this may not be my concern, but will [Masahiro] Tanaka be able to go to the Majors?
We have come this far, it is now up to the Majors. Honestly, this will really hurt our team, but I think it is a good thing for young people to take on new challenges.
UPDATE @ 10:56am -
Mikitani also spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said, "There is not much that can be done until the posting system agreement is finalized. No sense in talking about hypotheticals. I think it is good for young people to take on new challenges, but please allow me to stop there."
He also said, "With Iwakuma-kun, a lot of things happened after [he was posted] so I think it best not to say thing too lightly. I am sure there will be a formal announcement from the team once a decision has been made. Even if he is posted, we have our past experiences so I do not want to irresponsible with the things I say."
Source: Sports Hochi 11/27/2013