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[12/9/2015] Hiroshima Carp files paperwork to post Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.09, 2015 @ 2:14 pm, under NPB
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Hiroshima Carp official Kiyoaki Suzuki spoke to the media earlier today and said the team filed paperwork to post Kenta Maeda with the NPB on Tuesday (December 8) morning. Hiroshima received word this morning that the MLB has been notified. The posting fee was most likely set at the maximum twenty million US dollars.

Source: Daily Sports 12/9/2015, Sports Hochi 12/9/2015, Sponichi 12/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 12/9/2015, Chunichi Sports 12/9/2015, Tokyo Sports 12/9/2015

[UPDATE 12/10 @ 8:48am]

The MLB informed teams that Maeda was posted on December 9. The posting period will begin on December 10 at 8:00am EST (December 10 at 10:00pm Japan time) and end on January 8, 2016 at 5:00pm EST (January 9, 2016 at 7:00am Japan time).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2015, Sanspo 12/10/2015

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[12/4/2015] Hiroshima Carp planning to post Kenta Maeda

by on Dec.04, 2015 @ 11:52 am, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp held a press conference at the team offices in Hiroshima today to announce their intention to post twenty-seven-year-old pitcher Kenta Maeda this off-season.

"We went over player performances, contributions, and conditions from this past season in preparation for next year. We made our decision after considering a number of things, like player options and the posting system after this year. In the end, we felt now was the best time, for both Maeda and the organization. Based on this, we decided to begin preparations for the posting system," said team official Kiyoaki Suzuki.

Suzuki added, "Our decision will make fans sad, but I hope we can all support him if he ends up going to the Majors."

Source: Daily Sports 12/4/2015, Sponichi 12/4/2015, Chunichi Sports 12/4/2015

[UPDATE @ 6:36pm]

Maeda was in Osaka for a Mizuno ambassadors meeting today. He held a press conference afterward and said, "I am very grateful to owner Hajime Matsuda, team personnel, and fans. My experiences in international tournaments, like the WBC, made me realize that I'm still inexperienced. My desire to try different things and test myself in difficult situations only grew stronger."

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2015

Owner Hajime Matsuda spoke to reporters and said, "Last year, [we said we would] consider [posting him] if he acted and pitched liked an ace this year. He did a very good job."

He also said, "I think the fans will back [this decision]."

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2015

A few key quotes from the Carp's press conference:

What was the biggest reason why you accepted [the decision to post Maeda]?

I think we gave three reasons last year. Team, organization, and player. Maeda had a good season and put together some good numbers. He is set to earn his FA options after this year -- he has seven years and 137 days [under his belt], which means he will earn his option with just eight more days [of service time on the active roster]. He hasn't earned the option yet, but we took his feelings very seriously.

Are you planning any special additions?

If there is a good player we will go after him, but it's difficult to find good players. Any additions will include foreign players. We will begin preparations for that.

Was performance a big factor?

It's all about timing and how this year might be the best. The posting system is for three years, it ends after next year and we're not sure what is going to happen to the system, it could even be scrapped. There are uncertainties so we thought this year would give him the best chance at reaching his dream.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/4/2015

[UPDATE @ 8:45pm]

Maeda posted the following message at his blog:

I wanted to announce that the team has accepted my request to use the posting system.

I am really grateful to owner Matsuda, director Suzuki, and to all the fans that support me.

But not everything has been decided.

This is still the beginning.

I will try to provide another update once things are decided.

Source: blog 12/4/2015

 

[11/1/2014] Posting period begins today

by on Nov.01, 2014 @ 6:52 pm, under NPB
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The posting period began today. Teams interested in posting their players to the Majors must file the necessary paperwork between now and February 1.

For a review of the rules, from MLB.com (12/17/2013):

  • If an NPB Club wishes to make one of its players available to Major League Clubs, the NPB shall notify the Office of the Commissioner of the NPB player's potential availability and the "release fee" that a Major League Club must pay to the NPB Club in order to secure the NPB player's release. The NPB Club may not set the release fee at an amount higher than $20 million and the fee cannot be changed once it has been set by the NPB Club.
  • The Office of the Commissioner shall then "post" the NPB player's availability by notifying all Major League Clubs of the NPB player's availability and the release fee sought by the NPB Club.
  • All "postings" of NPB players must be made between November 1st and February 1st.
  • Beginning the day after the player is posted, and concluding 30 days later, any Major League club willing to pay the release fee set by the NPB Club may then negotiate with the player in an attempt to reach an agreement on a contract.
  • If a Major League Club is able to reach an agreement on a contract with the posted NPB player, the Major League Club must pay the NPB Club the designated release fee, which will occur in installments, the timing of which depends on the size of the release fee.
  • If the posted NPB player fails to reach an agreement with a Major League Club, the release fee is not owed, the NPB player remains under reserve to his NPB Club, and the player may not be posted again until the following November 1.
  • The term of the new posting agreement is three years, continuing from year-to-year thereafter until either the Office of the Commissioner or the NPB gives notice of its intent to terminate the agreement one hundred and eighty days prior to the anniversary of the commencement of the agreement.
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[12/17/2013] Rakuten Eagles: Masahiro Tanaka tells club he wants to play in the Majors

by on Dec.17, 2013 @ 1:58 pm, under NPB
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Masahiro Tanaka met Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana at the team offices in Sendai today (from around 10:30am until a little after noon).  The twenty-five-year-old ace told Tachibana that he wanted to play in the Majors.  The Eagles will hold internal discussions on what steps to take next.

"I informed the organization that I would like them to give me permission to take on the challenge of playing in the Majors next season.  I am also grateful to President Tachibana for taking time out of his schedule to meet me.  I first said that I appreciated their support in helping me grow over the seven years since I joined Rakuten.  I then said I would like them to give me the opportunity to move onto the next challenge.  We have spoken a number of time, but the [agreement became] official today so he said he needed to take it back with him," Tanaka said.

When asked if a decision was not yet made, he replied, "Yes."

Ten television cameras and nearly fifty members of the media covered the press conference.

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2013, Sponichi 12/17/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013

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Daily Sports has posted portions of Tanaka's press conference:

What kinds of things did you say during your meeting?

I told them I appreciated their support in helping me develop over the seven years I was with the Rakuten Eagles.  I also told them I wanted them to give me the opportunity to move on to the next stage [in my career].

What was the response?

That they wanted some time.

So they tried to persuade you to stay?

That is what they have been always saying from the start.  And I took that into consideration before saying what I did.

When did you decide you wanted to play in the Majors?

My feelings to play [in the Majors] at some point in the future have never changed.  I decided I wanted to take on the challenge of moving to the next stage after the season ended and I started thinking about next season.

How did they react?

They were very cordial during our discussions so we were able to talk about a lot of other things as well.

Spring Training in the United States also begins in February.  That is not a lot of time.

A decision has not yet been made.  We will still talk.

There is still some time before you earn your FA option, but you want to do this while you are still young.

That is not everything, but that is one [reason].

What would you like to tell the fans?

I have nothing but feelings of appreciation.  I turned pro after graduating from high school and even though I was hit often while pitching on the Ichi-gun mound, they warmly cheered for me.  Those cheers really helped me.  I feel the Rakuten Eagles fans helped me grow.

Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2013

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A few Tachibana quotes...

From Sponichi:

"The organization feels he is an important piece in winning another championship.  We asked him to stay."

"We have a few concerns about the new agreement and are discussing things with the NPB."

"He has thought about this carefully.  It is important for us to accept this with sincerity."

Source: Sponichi 12/17/2013

From Nikkan Sports:

"I told him that the organization appreciated everything he did for us this past season.  He is still an important part of the team.  I would like him to stay to help us win another championship.  I did hear about his desire to play overseas, but this is not a decision I alone came make, so I told him I need to take it back with me [to the others]."

"Honestly, there are some things we do not fully understand [about the new agreement].  We have some questions and we are currently in contact with the NPB."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013

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Former Rakuten Manager Katsuya Nomura on Tanaka and players heading to the Majors:

"Honestly, I think it is fifty-fifty.  Based on what the president has been saying, it seems like they will not let him go."

"Top Japanese players continue to go to America.  The best develop the best.  The level in the Majors is dropping.  I can tell even though [Tanaka] has not thrown any pitches yet.  He will find success [in the Majors]."

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/17/2013

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MLB.com has posted the following points about the news system (taken verbatim):

  • If an NPB Club wishes to make one of its players available to Major League Clubs, the NPB shall notify the Office of the Commissioner of the NPB player's potential availability and the "release fee" that a Major League Club must pay to the NPB Club in order to secure the NPB player's release. The NPB Club may not set the release fee at an amount higher than $20 million and the fee cannot be changed once it has been set by the NPB Club.
  • The Office of the Commissioner shall then "post" the NPB player's availability by notifying all Major League Clubs of the NPB player's availability and the release fee sought by the NPB Club.
  • All "postings" of NPB players must be made between November 1st and February 1st.
  • Beginning the day after the player is posted, and concluding 30 days later, any Major League Club willing to pay the release fee set by the NPB Club may then negotiate with the player in an attempt to reach an agreement on a contract.
  • If a Major League Club is able to reach an agreement on a contract with the posted NPB player, the Major League Club must pay the NPB Club the designated release fee, which will occur in installments, the timing of which depends on the size of the release fee.
  • If the posted NPB player fails to reach an agreement with a Major League Club, the release fee is not owed, the NPB player remains under reserve to his NPB Club, and the player may not be posted again until the following November 1st.
  • The term of the new posting agreement is three years, continuing from year-to-year thereafter until either the Office of the Commissioner or the NPB gives notice of its intent to terminate the agreement one hundred and eighty days prior to the anniversary of the commencement of the agreement.

Source: MLB.com 12/16/2013

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[UPDATE @ 8:29pm]

Daily Sports posted a portion of Tachibana's interaction with the media.

Your meeting with Tanaka has ended.  What kind of things did you talk about?

I first talked about how much he helped us this year.  Then I told him he was an important part of our team next year and asked him to stay.

Tanaka told you that he wanted to play in the Majors.

This is not something I can decide right away on my own, so I told him I need to take it back with me [to the others].

It seems Tanaka is hard-set on playing in the Majors.

That is something we need to accept and consider with sincerity.

Is the new system the reason?

We do not understand everything about the new system, but we see it as being fairly close to free agency.

When will you have a decision?

We need to arrive at a decision as soon as possible.

Will your next meeting with him be your last?

That I do not know.

Source: Daily Sports 12/17/2013

[UPDATE 12/18 @ 12:22am]

According to a report posted by Sanspo on Tuesday morning, the Eagles will most likely post Tanaka.  Part of the reason might have to do with concerns about his motivation levels if they turn down his request.

Source: Sanspo 12/17/2013

Nikkan Gendai brings up a few interesting points about what could factor into the Eagles' decision to post Tanaka:

  • The Eagles could pull in two billion yen by posting Tanaka, but after taxes, they will probably only get about 1.2 billion yen.
  • There may have been some sort of handshake agreement where the organization promised to post Tanaka if he met certain conditions during the season.  With the kind of year he had, he likely cleared every requirement.
  • Allowing Tanaka to leave gives the organization a "Get out of Jail Free" card if they happen to finish in last place next season (worst case scenario).  It could be a big blow to the organization if he stays and the teams does poorly.

Source: Nikkan Gendai 12/16/2013

[12/16/2013] Masahiro Tanaka News and Notes

by on Dec.16, 2013 @ 9:18 pm, under NPB
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Masahiro Tanaka worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Friday for the first time since the 10th.  After finishing, and before leaving, he briefly spoke to reporters and reiterated that he had nothing new to say because there were no changes in his situation.

Tanaka was also at Kleenex Stadium for workouts on Saturday and Sunday.

Rakuten Eagles' President Yozo Tachibana has been in Tokyo since his return from the United States.  He will most likely head to Sendai once the new agreement becomes official.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/14/2013, Daily Sports 12/14/2013, Daily Sports 12/15/2013, Daily Sports 12/16/2013

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According to Sponichi, the Rakuten Eagles may have determined that it makes more sense for them to hold on to Tanaka this year and consider posting him next year, based on what they know of the new posting system agreement.  They may even promise to post him next year if he agrees to stay another year.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013, Sponichi 12/16/2013

The Eagles voiced their disapproval of the new agreement during today's executive committee meeting, but it still passed with the majority of teams in approval (they were likely the only team against).  Tachibana will most likely meet with Tanaka to confirm his desires before beginning internal discussions.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013

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[12/16/2013] NPB officially approves new posting system agreement, Rakuten against it

by on Dec.16, 2013 @ 9:09 pm, under NPB
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The NPB officially approved the new posting system agreement during an executive committee meeting today.  An announcement of the new agreement is expected on the 17th, after the MLB provides final approval.

The Rakuten Eagles were strongly against the agreement and pushed for additional discussions.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013, Daily Sports 12/16/2013, Sports Hochi 12/16/2013

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The Central League is pushing to expand video replay to include catches up against the wall for the 2014 season.  The Pacific League is concerned the game will change because expanding the parameters could ultimately lead to no limits on video replay.  They are expected to go along with the changes after more deliberations.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2013, Daily Sports 12/16/2013, Jiji Press 12/16/2013

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The Central and Pacific Leagues held board of director meetings today.  Yokohama Bay Stars' official Kazuaki Mihara was named the new chairman for the CL.  Orix Buffaloes' official Yoshio Murayama will remain chairman for the PL.

Source: Sponichi 12/16/2013

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The media learned today that the next NPB Commissioner will most likely be decided some time early next year.  The Central League has decided on one candidate, but the Pacific League remains split.  Any new candidate must attain seventy-five percent of more votes during an owner meeting to become the next commissioner.

Interim Commissioner and Orix Buffaloes' Acting Owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi is trying to get everyone on the same page.  If a decision is not reached this year, Yokohama Bay Stars' Owner Makoto Haruta will take over as new interim commissioner on January 1.  That could push things in favor of the CL's candidate.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/16/2013

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[12/12/2013] Posting System News and Notes

by on Dec.12, 2013 @ 5:25 pm, under MLB, NPB
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The MLB has agreed to the new posting system.  From MLB.com's Paul Hagen:

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have reached an agreement in principle for a new posting system that will govern how Japanese players who haven't reached free agency in their native country will play in the United States. The remaining hurdle, which is considered a formality, is ratification by MLB's executive council and Japanese owners.

... Under the arrangement, there will be a limit of $20 million on any bid by teams interested in signing a Japanese player. If more than one team reaches the maximum, the player is free to negotiate with any team that reached the cap.

... One NPB official predicted that announcement will happen shortly.

"You can ask the MLB people, but probably sometime next week," the source said. "Not this week at any time. Probably next week. I think tentatively between MLB and NPB, we have a deal in place. But the owners both here and there have to ratify the agreement."

Source: MLB.com 12/10/2013

The NPB will likely provide their final approval during an executive committee meeting on the 16th (Japan time).

Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2013

According to Sorts Hochi, the new agreement might also includes a section on penalties for teams that get caught trying to make work around the new system.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2013

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[12/10/2013] New posting system agreement will be good for three years

by on Dec.10, 2013 @ 10:21 pm, under MLB, NPB
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Toru Matsubara, secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA), told reporters he thought the new posting system agreement was good because it will allow players to talk to multiple teams.  However, he also voiced concern about the possibility of fewer teams agreeing to post players because of the lower fees and added that discussions to shorten international free agency requirements were necessary.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

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The NPB and MLB are planning to make a joint announcement about the new posting system.  The new system will be good for three years, to reportedly coincide with the MLB's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Source: Sponichi 12/10/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka's meeting with Rakuten Eagles' President Yozo Tachibana may not take place until some time on or after the 15th.  Tachibana left for the Winter Meetings in Florida today.  If he stays in the United States until the end of the meetings (he told reporters that his return date was not set), he may not return to Sendai until the 15th, at the earliest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/10/2013, Sports Hochi 12/10/2013

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[12/9/2013] Posting system discussions finished, waiting on final confirmation from MLB

by on Dec.09, 2013 @ 11:25 pm, under MLB, NPB
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The NPB announced today that their posting system negotiations with the MLB were done.  Loose ends have been tied and the NPB will now wait for confirmation from the MLB.  An announcement of an agreement could be made as early as Tuesday (December 12).

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/9/2013

The new system will likely be given a new name.

Source: Sponichi 12/9/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka worked out for about two hours at Kleenex Stadium on Sunday.  Tanaka reportedly told the team that he did not want to go on the championship trip to Hawaii out of concern and respect for his teammate's privacy.  There was also some concern that media might overrun the hotel, forcing him to spend most of his time indoors.  His decision not to go may have also had something to do with making sure he had enough time to talk things over with the organization (if he were to go on the trip, he would not return until the 17th).

Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana will leave for the US on Tuesday for the Winter Meetings.  Tachibana might have a chance to meet Tanake before his departure, but if not, their meeting will have to wait until after he returns, which will likely be on or after the 15th.

Source: Sanspo 12/9/2013, Sponichi 12/9/2013

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[12/7/2013] Rakuten Eagles feel Masahiro Tanaka is worth more than two billion yen

by on Dec.07, 2013 @ 10:17 pm, under NPB
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Rakuten Eagles' President Yozo Tachibana told reporters today that they held internal discussions about whether they should post Masahiro Tanaka based on what they currently know about the new proposal.

Various Tachibana quotes:

"If he wants to go, we would like to let him go.  We will work from there.  However, there is a question of whether or not the upper threshold of two billion yen is a fair assessment of his value."

"When we asked [ourselves] how much we would want if there were no threshold, it ended up being higher than two billion yen."

"Asking him to stay is a fairly high priority."

The Eagles plan to sit down with Tanaka within the next few days to confirm his desires.  The meeting will have to take place before the 11th since that is when the team departs for its championship trip to Hawaii.

Source: Jiji Press 12/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013, Nikkan Sports 12/7/2013

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