Via the New York Times: Multiple Japanese newspapers are reporting that Masahiro Tanaka will not be posted this winter. His team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, are apparently planning to give him a record one-year contract instead. The Times cites one report that says team officials will meet with Tanaka on Friday to make the decision official. If it plays out that way, the offseason will have taken a serious twist. Tanaka was expected to be the top starting pitcher on the market. It’s worth noting that Ken Rosenthal reports at least one GM says he’s not buying it and still believes Tanaka will be posted.