Major League Baseball and the Nippon Professional League have agreed on a posting system, which makes it possible that Masahiro Tanaka could be a free agent soon. However, Tanaka’s club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, may not post him due to the $20 Million maximum posting fee.
“We don’t know if this is the right value for this type of trade,” Rakuten assistant GM Aki Sasaki said at the Winter Meetings in Orlando last week.
Tanaka has expressed interest in coming to the United States and playing Major League Baseball, but it would have to be up to the club to grant his wish.
If he does post, the Yankees will be major players for him.