It appears that the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not be posting the game changing pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka. While the Golden Eagles have debated what to do with their star it appears that the new posting fee limits have played a roll. Under the new agreement between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball the maximum posting fee is $20 million, far less than what Rakuten was expecting to get.
According to reports out of Japan, the Golden Eagles will be offering Tanka a record contract worth 800MM yen or roughly $7.7 million U.S. Tankaka, who has been outspoken about playing in the United States next year, will clearly lose out on a larger payday. In fact, John Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that one GM expected Tanaka to receive a deal in the $100 million range.
1 GM who wont be bidding for tanaka: “i dont think theres any doubt” he’ll get more than $100M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 17, 2013
Regardless of any internal frustration or disappointment Tanaka is saying all the right things:
“If the team tells me, ‘We’re not going to post you. Please stay,’ the professional thing to do is give it your all and get back to pitching,” Tanaka told reporters this week. “I’m ready to do that.”
What does this mean for teams like the Yankees that were banking on buying power and huge market to lure the star into their rotation? Who knows since the Yankees have already said they do not have interest in the likes of Ervin Santana or Matt Garza. Maybe that thought process will change going forward.