Via David Lennon: Significant changes to the posting system used to bring players from Japan over to MLB are in the works and could be implemented as soon as this winter. The two sides have been talking about making changes for a while now. “We’ve been in discussions with NPB for some time now and we continue to work through the different scenarios and resolutions.,” said Kim Ng, former Yankees executive and current senior VP of Baseball Ops with MLB.
Under the current system, teams submit blind bids for the rights to negotiate a contract with the player. Lennon says the proposed system could have as many three teams chosen as the high bidder, with the player then allowed to pick the team he wants to negotiate with. The new system would give the player some input into the process and deter teams from making token bids if they aren’t all that serious about acquiring the player. The Yankees have not seriously pursued a player through the posting system since Kei Igawa, but they have been scouting Masahiro Tanaka recently.