MLB announces new Japanese posting system

Adam Pretty

Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league.

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball announced a three-year agreement on a new posting system for Japanese players who have not reached free agency.

The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind bids with the highest-bidder winning exclusive negotiating rights. There was no cap on the bids, with Texas' $51.7 million bid to negotiate with Yu Davish the record.

That will all change now. Under the new agreement, NPB teams will set a release fee of no more than $20 million. For a period of 30 days, any MLB team willing to pay the release fee will be able to negotiate with the posted player. If a deal is reached, the MLB team will then pay the NBP club the designated release fee. If no deal is reached during the 30 days, the player will return to his NPB team and can be posted again the following season.

The new system may be put to the test quickly with a number of MLB teams reportedly interested in Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka. It's unclear, however, if Tanaka will be posted this season. According to a recent report, there is chance Tanaka could stay with the Rakuten Eagles for at least another season.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Neyer: Will Montreal really get a new MLB team?

Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka may stay overseas

Neyer: Should sluggers react to infield shifts by bunting?

Yankees react to Cano's "respect" quote

Death of a Ballplayer: Wrongly convicted prospect spends 27 years in prison

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.