The MLB submitted a request to the NPB asking the Rakuten Eagles to clarify statements released by them that hinted at the possibility of Masahiro Tanaka making donations to the organization after his departure via the posting system. The Eagles reportedly filed their response with the NPB office today. Rakuten President Yozo Tachibana spoke to reporters and explained that they were going to comply with the rules of the new agreement.
"The only thing we can say is that we will follow the rules written in the agreement," Tachibana said.
The Eagles are thinking about throwing a farewell ceremony for Masahiro Tanaka once his departure becomes official (similar to what the Nippon Ham Fighters did for Yu Darvish when he left for the Majors).