[12/5/2013] Rakuten planning to hold internal discussions to determine if makes sense to post Tanaka
Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana spoke to the media on Thursday and mentioned a few things in relation to the new posting system agreement. Below are quotes taken from various sources.
"We have not received official word about the new agreement."
"Whether this is a fair amount for one pitcher, this is something we need to explain to the stockholders. Is that number fair? Is that methodology right? I think it will be important to make sure the fans understand."
"We are obligated to provide an explanation to stockholders and fans about whether or not this is a fair deal. We have to discuss this, and the methodology, internally."
"There is a chance we will not take the next step."
"There is a range we feel is appropriate. If the fans and everyone feels [the deal is not] reasonable, then there is a chance we can not move on to the next step."
"I will talk [to Tanaka] at least once [before I leave for the winter meetings in the US and he leaves for the championship trip to Hawaii]."
"We will talk to Tanaka once the agreement becomes official."
To clarify the quotes above, the Eagles are planning to hold internal discussions to see if makes sense to post Tanaka under the new rules. They also plan to take fan sentiment into consideration. It is possible they may decide not to post Tanaka.
Incidentally, Yu Darvish tweeted that it might be difficult for the Eagles to post Tanaka at two billion yen.