The latest on the Posting System -
From the NY Post's Ken Davidoff:
... An announcement of the new system could be made as soon as Monday night, given the time difference in Japan.
The system has been tweaked so the team posting the top bid will still win exclusive negotiating rights to the player, but now the actual price will be an average of the top two bids. In other words, if the Yankees bid $100 million and the Dodgers bid $90 million for Tanaka, then the Yankees would win the rights for a price of $95 million.
The agreement is a tradeoff for both sides. MLB wanted to limit the amount of the bids, but the NPB players union wanted their players to have a choice of teams. So the bids can still be sky-high, albeit mitigated by the second-place bid, yet the winning team still will own considerable leverage with the player because his only other option will be to return to Japan.
Source: NY Post 11/12/2013
From Newsday's David Lennon:
The bidding for Masahiro Tanaka could begin very shortly. Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart, Nippon Professional Baseball, are on the verge of announcing a revamped posting agreement that could come as soon as Tuesday, according to a source.
... A source confirmed Monday that the new proposal still would award the rights to the highest bidder, but that team might wind up paying only the average of the top two bids. The New York Post was the first to report those details Monday night.
Source: Newsday 11/11/2013
- There are still a number of issues that might have to be ironed out, like whether an interim commissioner's signature will be acceptable when signing the new agreement into place.
- Yu Darvish's father Farsa is still not happy with the new posting agreement and suggested another idea: players and their respective NPB teams discuss how much they want. The player takes that amount to their agent and the agent then negotiates with teams that can afford the amount. That would control posting and contract prices, something the MLB and MLBPA were concerned about with regards to allowing posted players the ability negotiate with the top three teams.
- The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association's (JPBPA) player chairman, Motohiro Shima, could not attend Monday's meeting with the NPB. Vice chairman Akihiro Higashide was present. The JPBPA did not make a decision at the meeting because they wanted to first seek approval from each of the twelve NPB player chairmen. The JPBPA also wanted a chance to talk to Masahiro Tanaka.
- JPBPA legal advisor Takuya Yamazaki on bringing Tanaka into the mix: "This problem, if Tanaka decides to go, is something we are working on to help Tanaka. It is a question of whether he can talk to multiple teams or just one team. We are doing this for him. We have told him that and it would be impossible for us to ignore his opinion."
- The JPBPA is not in a huge rush, since they know things worked out OK for Yu Darvish when he posted in December.
- If things go smoothly with the new agreement, Tanaka might be able to make a direct announcement to fans of his decision either during Fan Appreciation Day on the 23rd or some time during the team parade on the 24th.
Source: Sponichi 11/12/2013, Sponichi 11/12/2013, Sponichi 11/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 11/12/2013
The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka -
From ESPN's Adam Rubin:
Could Daisuke Matsuzaka return as the fifth starter? "He did a nice job for us at the end of last season, so I would expect we'll talk to him at some point," Alderson said.
Source: ESPN 11/11/2013
The latest on Hiroki Kuroda -
From Newsday's Erik Boland:
Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson each rejected the Yankees' $14.1-million qualifying offer Monday.
... Cashman said he has not received an indication whether Kuroda, 38, even wants to pitch in the majors in 2014.
Source: Newsday 11/11/2013
Kensuke Tanaka is working out in Los Angeles. He has been worth with a trainer to help him increase his strength during the off-season. He is also thinking about playing some winter ball.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2013