Details of the new posting system have been appearing in a number of reports. Here is what I have been able to piece together:
- There will be an upper threshold of either two billion yen or twenty million US dollars. It is unknown if it will be in yen or dollars.
- NPB will be able to set a desired amount that is bound by the threshold.
- Any MLB that meets the desired amount will be able to sit down with the posted player.
- The amount will be paid to the NPB team once a contract with the posted player is finalized.
- MLB teams will have the option to pay the posting fee in installments.
- Players can only be posted once per off-season.
- If MLB teams do not make any bids for a posted player, the player will remain with the NPB team.
An official announcement about the posting agreement could be made some time early next week.
A few more quotes from Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana.
"We do need to consider what [Masahiro Tanaka] wants, but we are also obligated to give stockholders and explanation [of whether or not the system is fair]."
"Previous, it was the team that placed the largest bid. I think that was a system that could convince people."
"Whether having the upper limit is enough to convince people, that is something that I believe merits internal discussion."
"I believe there is a range we feel is appropriate, but we have not worked it out yet. If we feel it is not reasonable, then there is a chance we will not pursue this any further."
Masahiro Tanaka and Tachibana could meet in Sendai on the 8th.
Source: Sports Hochi 12/6/2013
Yomiuri Giants Chairman Tsuneo Watanabe feels the new posting system proposal is fair.
"The upper threshold of two billion. This is a good thing."
"There would be something wrong if it went up to ten billion. If Rakuten expects that kind of money by selling Tanaka off... Something like this would be unheard of in baseball long ago."
"There is not much that can be done if [Masahiro Tanaka] wants to go."
"There are thirty teams in America and about twenty are small-market teams. If everyone complains, then there can be no agreement. Taking that into consideration, I think the two billion upper threshold is good."
"Selling players to the US for a lot of money to improve a company's bottom line and in turn improve domestic scouting. It is good that that method will no longer work."
"Ten billion yen is crazy. That kind of money is even beyond Yomiuri history. The economics [of the sport] would get messed up if it went to ten billion. That is why the thirty team MLB has about twenty teams without any money. You need to put a limit some where. This just means teams will not be able to sell off players to the US for large amounts of money, with the organization getting the money and turning to domestic scouting. This is a good thing. I am all for it. Tanaka wants to go to the US. No sense in trying to stop him, even Matsui ultimately ended up going and paid a price. Hopefully they end up coming back [to your team]."