Last month, there were reports that the Dodgers scouted Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who has drawn comparisons to Yu Darvish. With Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley coming off of injury, there were questions on how Tanaka would exactly fit with the Dodgers if they were to pursue him.
With the Dodgers looking to improve at all positions in the off-season, Tanaka remains a target for the team and is expected to be posted by his team on November 1. However, the MLB and NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) are close to coming to an agreement regarding the posting system before the Dodgers and other teams can pursue him.
Under the current system, the major league team with the highest bid has the opportunity to come to an agreement with the Japanese player within 30 days. This system clearly worked in the Dodgers’ favor, but there were ongoing discussions that the system would be drastically changed.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, the rumored changes won’t be as drastic. According to New York Post’s Joel Sherman, it’s beginning to look like only one team will win the post and have exclusive rights to sign the player. However, there’s a chance that the new posting system will give Japanese players more power to choose their own team from the top bidders.
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