The Yakult Swallows held a press conference at their offices early today to announce that they were going to post Tony Barnette. According to the media, the team is planning to post their closer for 500,000 US dollars. The paperwork will be submitted on November 5.
"I am thankful for the chance to pursue my dreams of playing in the Majors. I am also thankful to the organization that provided me with support over the last few years. I want to show the organization my appreciation, I don't want to just say good bye and leave through free agency. I want to use the posting system to help me with my decisions.
"When I played baseball in Japan, I focused on that and did my best. But somewhere in the back of my mind, I still thought about the Majors. I'm lucky to even be in a situation where I can include it as an option. I think the things I did with the Swallows helped me get here.
"I can't even begin to describe my appreciation [to the fans for their support]. I will never forget their strong cheers during the Climax Series and Nippon Series.
The Swallows received a request from Barnette to be posted to the Majors on October 14. The organization accepted, even though they had asked him to return next season. They still plan on continuing negotiations with Barnette, in case he does not reach an agreement with an MLB team through the posting system.
[UPDATE 11/8 @ 1:13am]
Interested teams will be able to negotiate with Barnette between November 7 at 10:00pm (November 7 at 8:00am EST) and December 7 at 7:00am (December 6 at 5:00pm EST).
Source: Sponichi 11/7/2015