Tag Archive: Posting System

[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

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Yomiuri 137 68 66 3
Chunichi 136 58 73 5
Yakult 137 44 91 2
Softbank 136 91 45 0
Seibu 137 77 57 3
Rakuten 130 71 57 2
Orix 133 61 71 1
Nippon Ham 133 52 81 0
Lotte 135 49 85 1
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