Rakuten Golden Eagles To Officially Post Masahiro Tanaka

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
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 Masahiro Tanaka

It appears the Rakuten Golden Eagles will finally agree to post pitcher Masahiro Tanaka making him eligible to negotiate with any MLB team willing to fork out the $20 million dollar posting fee. Numerous reports have circulated out of Japan indicating the announcement will be made official within hours. The Golden Eagles have been posturing as of late whether or not to post the sought after Tanaka with speculation stirring that they were not happy with the new posting system that limits the posting fee to a cap of $20 million. It is anticipated that Tanaka will fetch in the neighborhood of $100 million once the ink has dried on his first MLB contract.

MLBTRadeRumors was reporting that two Japanese media outlets were acknowledging the pending announcement in regards to Tanaka.

[quote]The Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to post star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to reports from Japanese outlets Sponichi (link) and Nikkan Sports (link).  It’s a turnaround from reports last week that indicated the Golden Eagles were leaning against allowing Tanaka to make the jump to MLB.[/quote]

The prospect of a Tanaka announcement had the Twitter world stirring hours before families gathered to celebrate Christmas with loved ones.

Jim Allen of the Kyodo News tweeted a press conference was imminent.

All sources are pointing in the direction that this long, dragged out process will finally come to a conclusion affording the Japanese hurler an opportunity to come stateside and show off his baseball exploits on the biggest stage in the world. Now we can start speculating and rumor mills on what MLB team will offer the biggest ransom for the talented 25-year old.



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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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