Tag Archive: Posting System


[12/3/2018] Seibu Lions post Yusei Kikuchi

The Seibu Lions announced that they filed papers to post twenty-seven-year-old Yusei Kikuchi.

Source: Seibu 12/3/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/3/2018, Daily Sports 12/3/2018, Sponichi 12/3/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/3/2018

[UPDATE 1/9 @ 2:16pm]

The Seattle Marines signed Kikuchi to a four-year contract that can end after three years, or extend to seven years. The contract has a thirteen million dollar player option for 2022 that can be replaced by a four-year, sixty-six million dollar extension. Kikuchi can become a free agent if he declines the 2022 option and the Mariners do not pick up the four-year extension. Kikuchi can earn forty-three million dollars over the first three years and as much as 109 million dollars if the contract goes to seven years.

According to Japanese reports, the Seibu Lions are expected to get 10,275,000 US dollars for posting Kikuchi.

Source: MLB 1/3/2019, Sanspo 1/9/2018, Sponichi 1/9/2018


[11/12/2017] Shohei Otani’s Press Conference on November 11

Shohei Otani held a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on November 11. Notes from various sources below:

  • The press conference took place on 11/11 at 11:00am. He said it was a coincidence. Incidentally, his uniform number is 11.
  • About 250 reporters, twenty-four television cameras, and over forty photographers covered the press conference.
  • He wore a grey suit and a purple tie (he wanted to give props to the Fighters for everything they have done for him).
  • He was a little under the weather (throat).
  • His interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, will continue to support him after he leaves the Nippon Ham Fighters.
  • He has had thoughts about playing in the Majors since he turned pro, but it was not until the Fighters won a Nippon Series last year that he felt he accomplished something and started thinking about it.
  • When asked why he wanted to go to the Majors now, he said it was because he was still an incomplete player. When asked why he wanted to go when he was still an incomplete player, he said it might be because he was curious to see how he was going to handle it.
  • When asked if he felt signing with the Fighters was the right decision, he said the last five years gave him confidence and that he really appreciated everything the organization did for him.
  • He is interested in continuing to be a two-way player and plans to ask teams if it is a possibility.
  • He wants to become the kind of player fans consider the best. He also wants to become a World Series champion.
  • His dog Ace died earlier this year at the age of fifteen years and eight months. November 11 would have been Ace’s sixteenth birthday.



[11/10/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Otani

Hideki Kuriyama held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo today and announced that he accepted Shohei Otani’s request to go to the Majors. Kuriyama and Fighters’ Representative Director and President Kenso Takeda met Otani earlier in the day and talked about his desire to play in the MLB next season. The Nippon Ham Fighters decided to accept his request and will help him go to the MLB by posting him this winter.

Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2017, Sponichi 11/10/2017

[UPDATE 11/10 @ 9:00pm]

Otani left for the hotel in Tokyo from the Ni-gun facilities in Kamagaya at around 1:00pm. His meeting with Kuriyama and Takeda lasted about thirty minutes. Otani was not at today’s press conference, but is scheduled to hold his own on November 11 at 11am in Tokyo.

Source: Sponichi 11/10/2017

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[11/9/2017] Old posting system tentatively grandfathered for one year

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, the MLB and NPB have tentatively agreed to grandfather the old posting system for one more year. Nothing has been finalized and the agreement can be amended. However, there is still one more hurdle: the MLBPA has the right to refuse deals between the MLB and teams from other countries, like Japan.

Click into the link below for more information and how this affects Shohei Otani.

Source: NY Post 11/8/2017


[9/20/2017] NPB teams to discuss posting system proposals

The media learned on September 20 that representatives from each of the twelve NPB teams are scheduled to meet on September 22 to discuss posting system proposals.

Source: Sanspo 9/20/2017

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 1:54am]

The NPB and representatives from all twelve NPB teams met in Tokyo on September 22 to discuss the posting system. A number of issues still need to be clarified. They are planning to make a final decision during an executive committee meeting on October 2.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2017, Sanspo 9/22/2017

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[9/13/2017] Two Posting System Proposals

Nikkan Sports is reporting that there might be two posting system proposals on the table right now.

  • fifteen percent of the total contract (signing bonus, salary, performance bonuses)
  • fifteen percent of the total contract (signing bonus, salary, performance bonuses) if under 100 million US dollars OR 20 million US dollars

This information is coming from Yomiuri Giants’ owner Shoichi Oikawa. He spoke to reporters after an owners meeting in Tokyo earlier today. There may also be an additional level for players under twenty-five, since the CBA limits the size of their contracts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2017

[UPDATE 9/14 @ 9:30am]

According to Sponichi, if the percentage system sticks, NPB teams might also be given refusal rights. Since posting fees will depend on the value of the contract, NPB teams will not know how much they will get until after an agreement is made. If they feel the amount is too low, refusal rights will give them a chance to refuse the terms.

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2017


[5/4/2017] Dodgers warned over Otani, MLB wants to talk to NPB about posting system

The media learned on May 4 that the MLB issued a stern warning to the Los Angeles Dodgers because Adrian Gonzalez gave Shohei Otani a bag of baseball items (autographed uniform, Dodger merchandise) during an exhibition game with the Mexico national team last fall. The MLB also issued a general warning to teams about coming into contact with Otani while the Nippon Ham Fighters were in Arizona for spring camp in February.

Source: Sanspo 5/4/2017, Mainchi Shimbun 5/4/2017


The media also learned on May 4 that the MLB is planning to submit a request to open discussions about making changes to the current posting system. The system was last revised in 2013 to include an upper limit posting fee of twenty million US dollars and the ability for any MLB team to sit at the negotiating table if they are willing to pay the posting fee. The deadline to request a change is May 5 (Japan time).

Source: Sanspo 5/4/2017

[UPDATE 5/5 @ 6:02pm]

A report at Sponichi points to the possibility of the MLB wanting to lower the posting fee limit.

Source: Sponichi 5/5/2017

[UPDATE 5/8 @ 10:23pm]

The NPB informed members during an executive committee meeting in Tokyo earlier today that they received a request to discuss possible changes to the posting system from the MLB. The NPB has not yet received any specifics about what the MLB wants to change.

Source: Daily Sports 5/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2017


[5/6/2016] Posting System automatically extends another year

The Posting System Agreement was set to end on October 31, 2016. The NPB and MLB had until May 5 to give notice of intention to modify or terminate the agreement. Since neither happened, the agreement will automatically extend another year (according to the terms, the agreement will continue as long as notices of intention to modify or terminate are not filed).

Source: Sponichi 5/6/2016, Nikkan Sports 5/6/2016


[5/3/2016] NPB will let Posting System window lapse without talks

According to Nikkan Sports, the NPB is set to let the renegotiation window on the Posting System lapse. People close to the situation have told the media that making changes to the Posting System may not be high on the NPB’s list of priorities right now because there is a good chance it will not be used this upcoming off-season and because the MLB is already busy with other discussions. The decision has already been confirmed during an executive committee meeting.

The current Posting System terms are set to expire on October 31, 2016. The NPB and MLB can request for changes up to 180 days (May 5, 2016) before the expiry date. If no requests are made, the terms are set to automatically extend another year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/3/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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