As rumors and speculation point towards the Dodgers being the favorites for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, it may be that Tanaka might not even get a chance to be bid on. It seemed as if MLB and the NPB had come to an agreement on a new posting system but that wasn’t the case.
The plan was for Tanaka to talk to his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, on November 20 after the conclusion of the Japan Series about his posting, but without a posting agreement, Tanaka would remain in Japan. The 25-year-old right-hander was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Pacific League of the NPB. The Dodgers have been deemed the favorites to win the bidding for Tanaka, although the New York Yankees have also been said to be ready to spend for Tanaka.
We’ll see what happens with Tanaka and if he remains in Japan, the Dodgers will have to look elsewhere for starting pitching help.
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