Lennon: Significant changes to posting process coming soon

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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.

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Saturday Night Open Thread
Changeup, not the fastball, is key for Sabathia
  • Kenny

    Why not just allow the player to then negotiate with all three teams?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Because that would cost the owners more money.

  • jjyank

    Cool. Not perfect, but better than a 1 team thing.

    • RetroRob

      It’ll be interesting to see what impact this has.

      Let’s say one team posts a Darvish-like $50M bid. The second highest bid is 25M and the third highest is 15M.

      It might be difficult for the player to cost his former team $35M. He might feel pressure to negotiate with the team offering the highest amount.

      I’ve picked an extreme example. In most cases the spread will probably be closer, and most posting bids come in much lower than the Darvish and Dice-K numbers. No doubt these things are all part of the discussions. Maybe the three winning posting bids won’t be revealed, just the teams.

      • 28 this year

        That is a weird aspect. Maybe the system is changed so that the player can choose between the three teams but each team has to match the highest bid on the table. So the club gets the same money, the U.S. team still pays up but at least there is more flexibility if enough clubs are seriously after the player.

        I am just spitballing here.

  • Nathan

    I think the Yankees aren’t going to be international bidders for a while as they are still gunshy after Igawa. Wrongly so but still.

  • JGYank

    This could really help teams that don’t post the highest bid. The player could still choose to go to the team with the lower bid so now this will stop teams bidding really high since they could still get the player without bidding against themselves. Would the bids still be blind though?

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    Why not make it an open auction process? I realize that will probably take money away from the Japanese teams, but who cares?