Japanese Papers Reporting Tanaka Will Not Be Posted
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports wrote this morning that Japanese newspapers are reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles will not allow pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to be posted for MLB.
Same reports indicate that the club is prepared to “double or triple” Tanaka’s current $4 million a year over the next two years, which would make him the highest paid Japanese player in their history.
It’s also important to keep in mind that Rakuten has not sent out a press release. There is still reason to believe that there’s hope.
hearing rakuten is upset about $20M posting fee cap, but no official word japan team will decline to post tanaka yet.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, 2013
GM: “Bizarre news on Rakuten. Not sure I buy it.” Reference is to Rakuten’s reported decision not to post Tanaka. No official word yet.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 19, 2013