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How much would you bid for Tanaka...

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On the assumption the posting system is the same (unlikely at this point but for the sake of answering Torridd's question) the bid will have to be North of $80 million to have a chance of success. Then Tanaka would sign for something like 6-7 years @ $60-75 million.


If the posting system does change then the posting fee system gets thrown out the door but the contract price would probably be in the ballpark.

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I'm guessing it will cost in the ballpark of $130 million total (including rights fee) to acquire Tanaka. 


A few are saying that he does compare to Darvish.

Darvish's stuff is more electric, but Tanaka has better command.

Granted being a little wild can sometimes be beneficial.


Tanaka could admittedly end up being anywhere between Dicey-K and Darvish/Kuroda in MLB success.

Dicey-K struggled because of command issues.    Darvish sometimes thrives from them.   Kuroda has been rock solid.

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Put a cap on the posting amount and then whatever teams post the max can all negotiate with the player. This might still prevent small market teams from offering big contracts but that's going to happen regardless of what system is in place. Those teams have budgets they have to stick to and they don't lose the posting fee if they don't sign the player. So I could see them putting in max bids just to block other teams from being able to get them. Especially if they base it off record.

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If MLB teams don't want to fork over a hefty posting fee, why doesn't everyone just wait another 2 years for this kid when he'll be an international free agent?  MLB is really in no position to complain about their posting system.  If they don't want to pay, then just wait 2 more years.

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