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08:03 AM ET 12.28 | As Masahiro Tanaka awaits a nine-figure contract with a major league club, the commissioner's office is expected to review the winning bid to ensure his Japanese club does not get more than the $20 million promised under a new agreement between Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart. The president of Tanaka's Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, said at a news conference this week that Tanaka wishes to make donations to improve the Eagles' stadium and its facilities for players and fans. The agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball expressly prohibits a Japanese club from getting any value other than the so-called posting fee, directly or indirectly, including through the player, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.

Chicago Tribune

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December 28, 2013  09:10 AM ET

if/when the yankees win the bidding war.......
I hope he's as good as advertised

December 28, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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if/when the yankees win the bidding war.......I hope he's as good as advertised

Or good enough. A different league altogether.

December 28, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Their will be money, kicked back, slapped back, hidden back and Given Back, Bank on It!!!

December 28, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

if/when the yankees win the bidding war.......I hope he's as good as advertised

Bobby Valentine just endorsed him. God help us all.

December 28, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Bobby Valentine just endorsed him. God help us all.

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..........

December 28, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Or good enough. A different league altogether.

for sure-
from what I understand the japanese league is basically better than AAA
so for a guy to go undefeated with that era? I think he's got legit stuff
he won't go undefeated here-
but he should be a legit pitcher
(and we need all the help we can get)

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December 28, 2013  10:47 AM ET

I've heard reports it will cost around $160M to land this guy. That's a huge gamble to take for a guy who is unproven in the states. I think I'd pass.

December 28, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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I've heard reports it will cost around $160M to land this guy. That's a huge gamble to take for a guy who is unproven in the states. I think I'd pass.

That's insane.

December 28, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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I've heard reports it will cost around $160M to land this guy. That's a huge gamble to take for a guy who is unproven in the states. I think I'd pass.

I heard $100 mil plus the $20 mil posting fee. Do you remember your source?

December 28, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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I heard $100 mil plus the $20 mil posting fee. Do you remember your source?

It sure is, but having multiple bidders as opposed to just one team being able to negotiate, should drive the price to insanity levels.

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December 28, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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for sure-from what I understand the japanese league is basically better than AAAso for a guy to go undefeated with that era? I think he's got legit stuffhe won't go undefeated here-but he should be a legit pitcher(and we need all the help we can get)

Maybe not even Triple A ball. No power hitters. More importantly, ex MLB pitchers who played there say the strike zone, especially on inside pitches a little off the plate are called strikes. Guess his fastball is around 93 and he pitches off of that to get to an outstanding splitter. Got to get to it though. I am for it, not my money, but I have no illusion that he is another Nolan Ryan.

December 28, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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I heard $100 mil plus the $20 mil posting fee. Do you remember your source?

They were talking about it on the MLB network last night. They gave a figure between 140 to 160M.

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December 28, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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Maybe not even Triple A ball. No power hitters. More importantly, ex MLB pitchers who played there say the strike zone, especially on inside pitches a little off the plate are called strikes. Guess his fastball is around 93 and he pitches off of that to get to an outstanding splitter. Got to get to it though. I am for it, not my money, but I have no illusion that he is another Nolan Ryan.

Much bigger strike zone in Japan. Remember when Dice K first came over, he couldn't believe the pitchers that weren't being called strikes.

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December 28, 2013  11:15 AM ET
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The skinny Japanese pitchers succeed. The fat looking ones seem to fail. This fella looks a little chubby.

That's hilarious. Dice-K, Irabu vs. Kuroda, Darvish, Nomo

I barely remember what Kei Igawa looked like. Wasn't he on the thin side?

 
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