Nippon Professional Baseball is set to accept Major League Baseball’s proposal for a new posting system.
NPB is expected to accept MLB’s proposal of a $20 million posting fee limit.
If multiple teams bid the maximum ($20 million) then the player will get to choose the team he would want to sign with. At that point it still appears that the team with the deepest pockets will land the player. Though there is an report floating around that the team with the worst winning percentage would be awarded the claim.
The biggest player available via the posting system this season is Masahiro Tanaka.
Tanaka, a 25-year-old right hander, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched in the NPB.
The new maximum bid of $20 million for a posting team to receive as compensation is a far cry from what Daisuke Matsuzaka received when he was posted by the Seibu Lions.
Matsuzaka landed the Lions $51,111,111.11. Yu Darvish landed the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters $51,703,411. Even Kei Igawa netted his team over $26 million.