Dec 11, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana (right) walks through the lobby during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Tachibana has not decided whether or not to allow Masahiro Tanaka (not pictured) to sign with a MLB team now that Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB have agreed on a $20 Million maximum posting bid. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Source: Rakuten Agrees To Post Masahiro Tanaka


March 17, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Japanese fans before the World Baseball Classic semifinal against the Puerto Rico at AT

Great new’s for the MLB has made its way across the Pacific. According to reports from Japan, the Rakuten Golden Eagles will post RHP Masahiro Tanaka. This move is to be made just shortly after the MLB reached a new posting agreement with the Nippon Professional League.

The new posting agreement allows teams to bid for their players services at a maximum of 20$ million dollars. This dollar amount I am sure has to be more than frustrating for the Golden Eagles due to the fact that they will receive ONLY 20 million for Tanaka to make his way across the Pacific.

Rakuten has to feel that they are being ‘shorted’ compared to the posting fees that previous clubs have received for Japanese hurlers such as Daisuke Matsuzaka ($51 million) and Yu Darvish ($51 million).

The rumors swirling around the Japanese ace have not died down, even after reports that Rakuten was not going to post him. Jorge L. Ortiz, of USA Today Sports, recently wrote that “the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels were among the teams believed to be most interested in Tanaka.”

The reigning Pacific League MVP posted a historic 24-0 regular season record to go along with a ridiculous 1.27ERA.

Seattle Mariners blue would be a great look. Hisashi Iwakuma, we need you now more than ever buddy. Put your recruiting skills to work and bring your former teammate to the Northwest!

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  • Weighed Wade

    Young and fits right in with the plan. Behind Felix and Kuma but in front of Walker and Paxton. All we need to do is trade for Matt Kemp and what an off season.

  • drwheelock

    Show em the $$$ Seattle! Don’t let him leave once he visits Safeco Field!!!

    Heck, I would even go to the extend to see if the following Seattle past Japanese legends can be here during the week he is in Seattle:

    1. Kaz
    2. Johima
    3. Iwakuma
    4. Ichirio – Heck even if you could get Ichiro to Visit for a week and relay his HOF legendary career in Seattle. It appears Yanks are trying to unload Ichiro for next to nothing anyways…so why not…Ichiro may end up getting DFA’d anyways.

    Since Japanese players have a stronger tendency to be all about honor and respect, maybe Seattle can offer to Tanaka to kick back an add’l $5M from ROOT Sports Network to give to Ratuken just to show added appreciate to the Giants for offering Tanaka “if” he signs with Seattle.

    Come on M’s Brass get VERY creative on this, all while being the most aggressive and I think he’s ours to lose.

  • Albin Kampfer

    Get going Mariners.

  • maqman

    Merry Christmas to all, look what Santa brought us! Now available for auction action The Man With The Disappearing Splitter, Ma-Kun The Magnificent. Warning:Not there for the faint-hearted or those susceptible to pain from nine digit contracts. Go punk the Yankees Z and the world will cheer you. What good is all that new media money if you don’t spend it? Ma-Kun welcome to The Show, now come over and join our Cano.

    “I’m grateful to the team for allowing me to try Now I’ve made a first step,” he said “I hope I would receive offers from as many teams as possible so I have a wider option.” Masahiro Tanakaa

    When Rakuten was formed in 2004, Hisashi Iwakuma was the one veteran who insisted he play for the expansion team, before Seattle stardom. Now we need to know Tanaka’s agent, whether he wants the West Coast and tie to Iwakuma, who saved the Rakuten franchise. From: Peter Gammons at Gammons Daily

    Agreeing to post Tanaka is half the battle. Now where does he go? Not as easy as submitting the highest bid anymore, there will be competition now. From: Jason Coskrey at the Japan Times

    Tanaka could take a lower offer if he prefers the city/team situation. Kuroda’s best financial offer came from the Royals when he first moved to MLB. From: Patrick Newman at NPB Tracker