COMMENTARY | Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball are reportedly closing in on a new posting system that would cap posting bids for players who want to come from Japan into the major leagues at $20 million.
Let's call this exactly what it is -- it is another anti-New York Yankees rule about to be enacted by MLB commissioner Bud Selig, protector of all things small-market.
The timing of the new agreement couldn't be any more curious from the Yankees' perspective. After being outbid by the Boston Red Sox years ago for Daisuke Matsuzaka and basically sitting out the Yu Darvish sweepstakes two years ago, the Yankees have been expected to go all in for Masahiro Tanaka, the star right-handed pitcher expected to be posted this offseason.
Numbers like $75 million for the posting fee and $100 million for a potential contract have been tossed around. This cap on the posting fee would obviously make Tanaka to the Yankees less likely.
Will the new posting system be a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows. It will certainly change the equation for players coming from Japan to the big leagues. It will equal the playing field for everyone, not allowing teams like the Yankees to make massive bids.
Maybe that's a good thing -- posting fees are getting ridiculous. It might, however, also convince Japanese teams not to post players like Tanaka, valuing keeping them more than receiving the $20 million posting fee. That would deny players wanting to come here the opportunity, and deny major-league fans the chance to see some of these talented players.
Selig has already pushed revenue-sharing and a luxury-tax threshold that force the Yankees to fork over millions of dollars in handouts to the other big-league teams each season. This is, in essence, just another move directed at the Yankees' wallet.
I know this sounds like whining, and really I'm sure that is at least partially what it is. I just find it curious that MLB is doing this now when it was the Yankees -- not the Texas Rangers, Red Sox or someone else -- about to go all in with their checkbook.
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