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Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti was a guest on WFAN with Jody McDonald on Thursday and said the Bombers have been waiting for this opportunity for some time and plan on sealing the deal.
If Tanaka and a major-league team come to terms, that franchise is required to pay his Japanese club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, a posting fee, now capped at $20 million.
Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn’t want to let him go.
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have finalized a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million, a deal that may lead to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka going on the market.
The Yankees are among the team interested in Tanaka, who was a Japan League record 24-0 in the regular season. He then closed out Game 7 as the Eagles won the Japan Series.
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Some Yankees fans have expressed outrage, but Brian Cashman has kept the organization’s best interests at heart by waiting for the right deal.
According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees won exclusive rights to sign Japanese All-Star shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Yankees now have a 30-day window to complete the signing process.