• Japan pitcher Tanaka freed up to join MLB


    TOKYO: The club of star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has approved his move to the US major leagues, at a likely bargain price for such a high-profile trans-Pacific deal because of a new “posting” system. The Rakuten Eagles, powered by Tanaka to their first-ever “Japan Series” national title this year, spent about a week after the launch of the new system before announcing on Wednesday they would release the 25-year-old right hander. The new rules put a $20 million cap on the money a Japanese team can earn from posting a player for a transfer to a major league club. There was no limit under the previous system.


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