Update, 10:31 pm EST: Per a report that was passed on by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have officially announced that they will post Masahiro Tanaka, letting him come to The States after all. Rejoice!
Original: According to a report from Sponichi in Japan, that was passed on by Dylan Hernandez, of the Los Angeles Times, the Rakuten Golden Eagles will post Masahiro Tanaka so that he can negotiate a contract with all 30 Major League clubs. The club has not announced it’s decision, so nothing is official.
Tanaka, 25, went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season for the Golden Eagles, and was heavily scouted by the New York Yankees over the course of last season. He has been one of their top priorities, and are ready to go all-in on him if posted. The Yanks are still looking for one more starter, and they’re hoping that Tanaka is the guy.
Many compare him to be the next Yu Darvish, while some scouts would say that he is good, but not Darvish good. The teams hoping to sign him would rather he be Darvish good.
MLB and NPB came to a new agreement on a posting system a couple weeks ago. It set a $20 million posting limit that Rakuten’s owners were not happy about, leading to the debate over whether or not they would post him.
Along with the Yankees, the Chicago Cubs are expected to be all in, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners have been interested.
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