MLB and NPB reached an agreement on a new posting fee that includes a $20 million maximum fee for posting. Another new rule is that teams with the worst record would have first shot at any player. The new posting system and the fee will entice small-market teams to try to acquire big name Japanese talent like Masahiro Tanaka.
Now that Tanaka seems to be fair game, it would be interesting to see if the Miami Marlins take a stab at him. The positing fee to talk to him would be only $20 million. It is not really chump change for the Marlins, who are very stingy when it comes to free agents, but if the Houston Astros take a pass on him, the ball would be in the Marlins’ court. However, it is very unlikely that Tanaka would sign with either team.
Last season, Tanaka was an outstanding 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA and struck out 183 batters. He never had a losing season while with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. For the past three seasons, Tanaka has recorded an ERA under 2.00. He is a pitcher that has been closely compared to Yu Darvish and if a team does sign him, they will get an immense talent.
Miami has a legitimate shot with the new maximum posting fee. It is a big win for small teams and huge loss to big money teams.