Tanaka says he wants to pursue career in MLB

The Associated PressDecember 17, 2013
Tanaka says he wants to pursue career in MLB
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2013, file photo, Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Yomiuri Giants during Game 7 of baseball's Japan Series in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have finalized a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million, announced Monday, Dec. 16, a deal that may lead to star pitcher Tanaka going on the market. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

TOKYO (AP) -- Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn't want to let him go.

MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball's new posting system caps the fee for players at $20 million, less than half what Japanese teams received for pitchers Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League during the regular season. He will not become eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season and can move to MLB only if the Eagles agree to post him.

He said at a news conference Tuesday: ''I informed my team that I would like them to allow me to test my abilities in Major League Baseball next season.''