Heyman: NPB officials travel to U.S. to talk posting system changes

Mussina among big name first timers on 2014 Hall of Fame ballot
Managing Brian McCann's workload

Via Jon Heyman: Officials from NPB traveled to the United States this week to discuss changes to the posting system face-to-face with the folks at MLB. They spoke today and are expected to do so again tomorrow, reports Joel Sherman. There is “renewed hope” an agreement will be reached but it is far from a sure thing. The Japanese players’ union agreed to a revised system earlier this month, but MLB withdrew the proposal because NPB took too long to review. Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka can not be posted until the two sides hammer this thing out.

In other news, Sang-Soo Kwon reports Samsung Lions closer Seung-Hwan Oh will join the Hanshin Tigers in Japan on a two-year, $8.9M contract. The best closer in the history of the Korea Baseball Organization was considering jumping to MLB via the posting system — the posting agreement with Korea is still valid, only Japan is an issue at the moment — but he apparently decided to head to Japan instead. The Yankees, who are in the market for late-inning bullpen help, were said to be among the teams scouting Oh.

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Mussina among big name first timers on 2014 Hall of Fame ballot
Managing Brian McCann's workload
  • I’m One

    Oh.

    • ropeadope

      Doh!

  • andy

    im sure the reason its taking so long is because mlb is trying to find a way to make it have the upper hand over them they need to to just get this deal done and lets go on with this off season

  • JohnnyC

    As Selig’s final achievement, he should empty out the shekels he’s amassed in the “central fund” (by flogging George Steinbrenner’s millions for 20 years)and just buy the NPB. Would make talent acquisition much simpler.

    • Havok9120

      The World Domination Fund into which all the luxury tax revenue has flowed is not for such small-minded goals, but a larger purpose.

      Don’t ask what it is. You couldn’t possibly understand.

    • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

      I can’t wait for Japanese Interleague play to occur during June – July!