The Japanese baseball players association has accepted revisions to the current posting system that allows Japanese players ineligible for free agency to move to the majors, limited to a period of two years, Toru Matsubara, executive director of the association, said Thursday.
The formal agreement makes it possible for Rakuten Eagles ace Masahiro Tanaka, the two-time Sawamura Award winner who went a perfect 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the regular season for the Japan Series champions, to move to the major leagues under the system this offseason.
Nippon Pro Baseball and Major League Baseball will create an article for the revision which is set to be approved by an NPB committee on Monday. Players could start applying to move under the system as early as Wednesday according to sources.
Under the new system, the highest bidding major league team would still be awarded exclusive rights to negotiate with Japanese players, but Japanese teams would be able to claim the fee set as the average figure of the top two bids.