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    Yankees sign Tanaka 7 years, 155 million (Opt out after 4 years)

    We will most likely see the free agent starting pitchers, come off the board now.

    http://prosportsdaily.com/Headlines/...ticleId=280879

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    Yeah, he seems pretty loyal

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    It looks like Tanaka is staying put.

    Ouch. Certain teams must be so pissed off as they were banking on him.

    Can't wait to see some of these teams overreact and overspend on what's left on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tragedy View Post
    Ouch. Certain teams must be so pissed off as they were banking on him.

    Can't wait to see some of these teams overreact and overspend on what's left on the market.
    Why don't you just say the Yankees?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ill21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tragedy View Post
    Ouch. Certain teams must be so pissed off as they were banking on him.

    Can't wait to see some of these teams overreact and overspend on what's left on the market.
    Why don't you just say the Yankees?
    Because they're probably not the only one seething at the mouth for this guy.

    But of course it was a foregone conclusion that it would have been the Yankees who signed him.

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    haha, this is a good thing. Not only for MLB, but for the Japanese Baseball League. This cap for the rights of these foreign players will keep the some of the stars in Japan and that will help them a lot. When there was no limit on a player to be bid on, anybody could be let go. Now, these teams will need to make very educated decisions on whether losing the player is worth the $20 mill, and that's a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkelly7 View Post
    haha, this is a good thing. Not only for MLB, but for the Japanese Baseball League. This cap for the rights of these foreign players will keep the some of the stars in Japan and that will help them a lot. When there was no limit on a player to be bid on, anybody could be let go. Now, these teams will need to make very educated decisions on whether losing the player is worth the $20 mill, and that's a good thing.
    Well thats certainly one way of looking at it.

    Let me ask this though, how many players in Japan are actually worth a 20mill posting fee yet alone more 20mill+? Your assessment would hold true if there were a handful of players that it could apply to. All this did was basically assure Tanaka not being posted this year, and if the original prediction was in the neighborhood of 60-70 million then yeah, I dont blame Ratuken for telling MLB to go kick rocks....

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    It looks like Tanaka is staying put.

    It sucks though that Rakuten may be costing Tanaka maybe $70+ million. But it is nice to see he is loyal and willing to stay.

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    Tanaka will eventually come over, no reason to think he won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sager729 View Post
    It sucks though that Rakuten may be costing Tanaka maybe $70+ million. But it is nice to see he is loyal and willing to stay.
    Does he have a choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkelly7 View Post
    haha, this is a good thing. Not only for MLB, but for the Japanese Baseball League. This cap for the rights of these foreign players will keep the some of the stars in Japan and that will help them a lot. When there was no limit on a player to be bid on, anybody could be let go. Now, these teams will need to make very educated decisions on whether losing the player is worth the $20 mill, and that's a good thing.
    How is it a good thing?

    What it really means is that Tanaka will wait 2 seasons and then come over.

    Tanaka loses out on 2 years of playing in the MLB.
    His team is going to lose their best player for no return.

    This change in the posting system was nothing more than a way for the Owners to keep more money in their pockets.

    This change in the system is no different than saying that no MLB player can be traded for more than a prospect who is not ranked in BA's top 100 prospects list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    How is it a good thing?

    What it really means is that Tanaka will wait 2 seasons and then come over.

    Tanaka loses out on 2 years of playing in the MLB.
    His team is going to lose their best player for no return.

    This change in the posting system was nothing more than a way for the Owners to keep more money in their pockets.

    This change in the system is no different than saying that no MLB player can be traded for more than a prospect who is not ranked in BA's top 100 prospects list.
    No return? Im pretty sure they can make more than $20 million off of him in the 2 years he has left there. They are also about to offer him a contract and make him the highest paid player ever in Japan, it only comes out to 7.7 million though. But he seems loyal and might take the deal offered and never come over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filihok View Post
    How is it a good thing?

    What it really means is that Tanaka will wait 2 seasons and then come over.

    Tanaka loses out on 2 years of playing in the MLB.
    His team is going to lose their best player for no return.

    This change in the posting system was nothing more than a way for the Owners to keep more money in their pockets.

    This change in the system is no different than saying that no MLB player can be traded for more than a prospect who is not ranked in BA's top 100 prospects list.
    Uh from all reports I heard is that they just wanted one more year. Why would they not do that anyways when they can still post him for the following season for the same amount of money? Whether they changed the posting fee rules or not why let him go a year prior to his last contract year? I don't think there's any proof that his team wouldn't do this whether the change happened or not.

    I think the new posting fee makes sense. it makes it so more teams are willing to bid on a Japanese players, and the owners of these japanese teams aren't making small fortunes for no real reason whatsoever.

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    I feel like there's information I'm missing or people are just assuming a lot in these threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tragedy View Post
    Because they're probably not the only one seething at the mouth for this guy.

    But of course it was a foregone conclusion that it would have been the Yankees who signed him.
    Not really. Under the old posting system I could see it as they would have exclusive rights after posting the highest fee. However under the new system Tanaka is almost like a free agent who can pick where he wants to go from the teams who put up the posting fee.

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