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ICYMI: Posting system could change soon

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In case you missed it on Sunday, the Yankees pursuit of Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka might happen under a new set of rules.

According to Joel Sherman, Major League Baseball is working toward a new agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball to change the posting system that brings Japanese players to the Majors. Sherman says one team would likely win exclusive negotiating rights — which would be unchanged — but the system might be altered so that the player has some say in which team wins those negotiating rights.

For example, a player like Tanaka might be allowed to choose from the top two or three bidders — the two or three teams offering the highest posting fees — to decide which of those teams he’d like to negotiate with.

The posting system is a fairly unpredictable process as it is, and the changes could add a new wrinkle.

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