Daily Archives: January 9, 2014
It’s been a couple years, but it looks like it’s that time again – time for MLB teams to bid for another (potential) NPB phenom out of Japan. Now it’s Masahiro Tanaka, right-handed starting pitcher for the 2013 champion Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. (By the way, Kevin Youkilis will be playing for the Golden Eagles in 2014).
The 25-year old Tanaka has played seven seasons for the Golden Eagles, posting an outstanding win-loss record of 99 and 35 (.739) with a 2.30 ERA. In 2013, Tanaka was a preposterous 24-0. No wonder he “is expected to meet with as many as a dozen MLB teams,” according to Jon Heyman at cbssports.com, and that the bidding is going to be a frenzy.
But – and here’s the twist – in mid-December, “Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball…finalized a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million, a deal that may lead to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka going on the market.” (per AP via ESPN).
It’s going to be interesting to see how this develops. Where will Tanaka “wind up?”
This all leaves Yu Darvish the most expensive posted player in MLB and NPB for at least the foreseeable future. The Texas Rangers shelled out $51.7M to secure exclusive negotiation rights with Darvish in 2011.
We didn’t before and won’t again see numbers like that for a while.
The results of NPB-posted acquisitions this side of the Pacific have been mixed, but mostly down. Of course there is Ichiro Suzuki, a Hall of Fame lock. The Darvish move has been a success so far. Daisuke Matsuzaka has had his moments.
Below are all 13 MLB-NPB posted players sorted by price. Click on their names to see their MLB or Minor League stats (if they have any) courtesy baseball-reference.com.
The very first posted player was, in fact, not Japanese. It was Alejandro Quezada. In 1999, the Cincinnati Reds bid a Price-Is-Right-like $400,001 for Quezada, a Dominican who played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He never cut it in the States, hanging it up after five (not so bad) seasons in the minors.Follow @VinGetz
|POSTING||PLAYER||POSITION||YEAR||POSTED BY||NPB TEAM|
|1.||$51.7M||Yu Darvish||RHP||2011||Texas Rangers||Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters|
|2.||$51.1M||Daisuke Matsuzaka||RHP||2006||Boston Red Sox||Seibu Lions|
|3.||$26.0M||Kei Igawa||LHP||2006||New York Yankees||Hanshin Tigers|
|4.||$13.1M||Ichiro Suzuki||RF||2000||Seattle Mariners||Orix BlueWave|
|5.||$11.3M||Kazuhisa Ishii||LHP||2002||Los Angeles Dodgers||Tokyo Yakult Swallows|
|6.||$5.3M||Tsuyoshi Nishioka||SS||2010||Minnesota Twins||Chiba Lotte Marines|
|7.||$4.5M||Akinori Iwamura||2B/3B||2006||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||Tokyo Yakult Swallows|
|8.||$2.5M||Norichika Aoki||RF||2011||Milwaukee Brewers||Tokyo Yakult Swallows|
|9.||$750K||Shinji Mori||RRP||2005||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||Seibu Lions|
|10.||$400,001||Alejandro Quezada||OF||1999||Cincinnati Reds||Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|11.||$350K||Ramón Ramírez||RRP||2003||New York Yankees||Hiroshima Toyo Carp|
|11.||$300K||Akinori Otsuka||RRP||2005||San Diego Padres||Chunichi Dragons|
|?||Unknown||Norihiro Nakamura||3B||2005||Los Angeles Dodgers||Orix Buffaloes|