Here in Orlando, one issue still brewing the background is the Japanese posting system and its impact on Masahiro Tanaka.
Ben Badler at Baseball America has a good breakdown of the latest reports out of Japan. Basically, the Rakuten Eagles are understandably disappointed that MLB and NPB officials seem to have a new posting system agreement that includes a posting bid limit of $20 million. The Eagles would have easily doubled that among under the old system, and now the team seems hesitant to post Tanaka at all.
The team is expected to meet with Tanaka this week to discuss the situation and the pitcher’s plans.
Based on a couple of conversations, it seems the expectation among Japanese reporters is that Tanaka will be posted. It seems that the pitcher still wants to come to the U.S., and the team is unlikely to block him if that’s his desire. We could have clarity fairly soon, and that could affect the Yankees actions because they’re still in the market for another starting pitcher.