Players assoc. accept new posting system agreement

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TOKYO, Nov. 14 (16:35) Kyodo

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

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

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.

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