International News

Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players

Small Markets Go From No Chance to Small Chance For Japanese Players

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball came to a new agreement this week on the posting fee for Japanese free agents. Previously, NPB teams would post players for free agency, and the highest bidding MLB team would have exclusive negotiating rights for that player. This led to a lot of high bids, with players like Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka commanding $50 M just for teams to negotiate with the players. That money was only paid when teams ended up signing the player, which would cost around an additional $50 M for top players. The combined costs meant that small market teams had no chance at landing the top players out of Japan.

The new deal that was reached set a maximum bid of $20 M for players coming out of Japan. Furthermore, any team that bid $20 M had the oppo...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

International News

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in International News

What Could the Remaining International Bonus Pool Money Mean for the Pittsburgh Pirates?

John DrekerNovember 9, 2017

The Pittsburgh Pirates 2017 International Signing Tracker

John DrekerOctober 29, 2017

New Information on July 2nd Players Signed This Year by the Pittsburgh Pirates

John DrekerOctober 7, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign the Younger Brother of Prospect Sherten Apostel

John DrekerSeptember 28, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Were Very Active on First Day of International Signings

John DrekerJuly 2, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Juan Pie; Venezuelan Outfielder Angel Basabe

John DrekerJuly 2, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects