ORLANDO, Fla. - Major League Baseball has decided to withdraw his bid for a new acquisition of Japanese players system, making it uncertain transition in North America pitcher Masahiro Tanaka very popular this winter.
The head of the baseball operations, Rob Manfred, said the Japanese government had not responded quickly enough to the proposal for a new agreement is ratified, but a new proposal is still their subject.
Under the system in place since 1998, more than a dozen Japanese players have decided to switch to baseball before their nine years of service required to obtain their autonomy. In this system, the Major League Baseball clubs offer put to the blind and who has submitted the most important 30 days to agree with the player eligible.
The Boston Red Sox got pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Seibu Lions before the 2007 with a bid of US $ 51.1 million season, while the Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Yu Darvish of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2012 for $ 51.7 million, amounts that do not include the value of the contract with their new formation.
"This system made blind brings its share of bidding and makes some players unavailable for a large part of our team," noted Manfred.
Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander has compiled a record of 24-0 with an ERA of 1.27 during the last campaign Rakuten Golden Eagles with the Pacific League.
Without an agreement, the Japanese players can not offer their services to the Major League Baseball clubs have played before the new regulatory years.
"If this is how to get players from Japan, I think the 30 MLB clubs are willing to live with this approach," said Manfred.