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07:24 AM ET 12.06 | The Masahiro Tanaka derby could be over before it even begins. [Tanaka] began this offseason as an apparent Yankee-to-be. By the time Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball finish the details of a new posting system, the right-hander might wind up right back where he started -- in Japan. Yozo Tachibana, the president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles, told Sponichi (a Japanese newspaper) his team might retain Tanaka due to the considerably lowered posting parameters, assuming a deal finally gets done. "We have an obligation to explain to our stakeholders whether it's fair," Tachibana reportedly said to Sponichi. If Rakuten shareholders don't think the proposed rules are fair, he added, "There's a possibility we won't take the next step."

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December 6, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Makes sense, if MLB caps the maximum posting fee @ 20M, these Japanese teams will be less likely to let their young stars defect.

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December 6, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Right now, Tanaka is blind stinking drunk in his 4 sq meter Tokyo apartment, screaming and punching holes in the paper walls. Seppuku is not out of the question...

December 6, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Translation - Yankees, tell MLB to up the posting fee or we may not sell him to you. I think it's posturing.

December 6, 2013  08:42 AM ET

MLB needs to take the hard stance here and if they reject it say screw em'.
These players that are being bid on are good but MLB is supposed to be the worlds league, if players in Japan don't want to be a part of it then so be it.
Japanese owners could definitely set up a MLB farm system that is profitable there.

December 6, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Just put them in the draft and be down with this posting fee stuff.

December 6, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Just put them in the draft and be down with this posting fee stuff.

You can't draft a guy who's under contract to another team. Only amateurs can be drafted.

December 6, 2013  09:43 AM ET

I'm not too high on this whole posting process. Money paid to negotiate with somebody? A ridiculous idea. I'd rather see a guy state his interest in joining MLB after he's not under contract with another team.

December 6, 2013  12:05 PM ET
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I'm not too high on this whole posting process. Money paid to negotiate with somebody? A ridiculous idea. I'd rather see a guy state his interest in joining MLB after he's not under contract with another team.

Japanese players aren't going to go against the process. They'll just stop coming to the US.

December 6, 2013  03:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'm not too high on this whole posting process. Money paid to negotiate with somebody? A ridiculous idea. I'd rather see a guy state his interest in joining MLB after he's not under contract with another team.

Not familiar with the Japanese drafting/minor league development system.
Could MLB teams scout and sign young talent in Japan before they are contractually locked in to a Japanese team?

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December 6, 2013  11:49 PM ET

He should defect to Cuba.......then defect to Mexico.........the MLB baby

 
December 7, 2013  01:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He should defect to Cuba.......then defect to Mexico.........the MLB baby

he will be a free agent sometime before he reach 28 years old,,

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