The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) held general meeting in Osaka today. Among the topics discussed was the new posting system agreement.
Varioius quotes from JPBPA Player Chairman Motohiro Shima:
"We are more or less agreed. There are positive improvements compared to previous agreements. We appreciate the way negotiations have been conducted."
"We want to avoid situations where players [can not go to the Majors] because negotiations with the one team they can talk to break off."
"This just happened to be taking place [with Masahiro Tanaka looming in the background]. We would like to continue discussions so that some day players that want to go [to the Majors] will be able to speak to all teams."
"We would like to get opinions from other players [on the current nine-year requirement for international FA options]."
Source: Sponichi 12/5/2013
NPB Secretary General Atsushi Ihara told reporters they received a draft proposal of the new agreement from the MLB that was based on the telephone discussions from Wednesday. There are still some things the NPB wants to consider, but discussions appear to be in the final stages.
"There are still a couple of adjustments we want to make and then we will pass that on to the MLB one more time and wait for their reply. We are working hard to get an agreement done as soon as possible," Ihara said.
According to reports, there will be an upper threshold on bids of twenty million US dollars. If more than one team places a maximum bid, the posted player will be allowed to speak to each of the teams.