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.