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Report: Masahiro Tanaka may stay in Japan

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08:47 AM ET 12.14 | The Yankees might have to wait another year to chase Masahiro Tanaka. According to a person with knowledge of the Rakuten Golden Eagles' plans for the coveted right-hander, the earliest Tanaka will be posted is following the 2014 season, which would be his eighth in Nippon Professional Baseball. Players in Japan usually aren't eligible for free agency until after their ninth year. Because of the new posting process, Rakuten's ownership will likely hold onto Japan's best pitcher for another year. Under the old process, a team could bid unlimited dollars to secure the negotiating rights to a posted Japanese player.

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December 14, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Stay there, buddy. Give it a year or two, when better teams such as the Sox or Dodgers have a need and will bid for your services.

He doesn't need to wait. He already has the richest team in baseball ready to open the vault for his services. He only makes 3.8M in Japan so the longer he waits the more money he loses.

December 14, 2013  10:56 AM ET

there were more than ten teams waiting on him except,,,,his team refuses and that's all!!!

December 14, 2013  10:58 AM ET

the MLB posted bidding for players from out other country's,,, was like a slapp on the japanese teams,,,
not that it matter but things could get hefty!!

December 14, 2013  11:15 AM ET

good bye to all the major league teams,,,because this guy wouldn't be ready untill the next year postin!!

December 14, 2013  11:19 AM ET

in another news,,,Omar Infante have had signed their top free agent in the 2nd basemen,
with this the royals shot down any more doubts

December 14, 2013  03:10 PM ET

$20 mil this year or $20 mil next year. The player is the one losing out on the additional year of an annual MLB salary, the team can get their $20 mil whenever.

December 14, 2013  08:51 PM ET

I'll bet the MLBPA loves the new rules...now it won't be so easy for teams to get talent from Japan and their present members will have more leverage to get higher salaries. Since Rakuten is limited to getting a max of $20million for Tanaka instead of whatever the highest bidder would post, they don't have much incentive to sell him off until they're almost done with him (meaning he's about to be a FA).

 
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