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I assume the new CBA doesn't affect this winter's international signings, but does the new international spending cap mean that the posting system, and signing of Japanese players will be significantly impacted starting next year? If that is the case, doesn't it make it certain that Darvish will be posted this winter so that he (and his Japenese team) can take advantage of the last uncapped international spending year?
I'm pretty sure i read somewhere that International signings from Japan are not restricted to the new CBA rules.
Phil is correct. The term "International signings" seems a bit misleading. It appears to be aimed more at Latin America signings, which is not good news for us and our investment in scouting and development down there. The penalties are ridiculous. This CBA was not a fair one. I am not big on collusion, but this CBA sure plays in the favor of the already "big boys on the playground", while proving detrimental to small market clubs. I did ask Jamey Newberg how this CBA affects Japanese players, expecially Yu. his response: "Don't believe Far East players are subject to the limitations." Just FYI.
I believe to be technically correct here, Professional players from leagues around the world are exempt, and the new rules are for amateur signings.
The Rangers had a kid at Short-A this year who was signed as an amatuer from Japan, I believe. And I think he would be restricted by the new CBA. By contrast, I believe Cuban defectors who have played in the Pro league there will not be effected by the changes.
That is correct, Scooby. Amatuer being the key word in all of this. Still a dagger to the Rangers, as well as other teams. You may recall I brought tup the point once, and did so to Jamey and Scott, about how the amatuer signings and the $ amounts might affect the signing(s) of drafted players. For example we paid Mazara and Guzman to substantial deals, while draftees such as Derek Fisher opted not to sign. I can imagine a kid seeing a young 16 YO Dominican signing for more than he is offered after being drafted as one of the top picks, and that going over like a turd in a punch bowl. Policing it is one thing, but slanting things in the favor of the already highest spenders in baseball? Not fair at all.
Thanks guys. This makes sense. I would have guessed that if Yu was subject to it next year there would have already been articles about it. I sure hope they post him and I'd love for us to take a shot on him. I know Ranger fans are pretty split on this issue, but his size, age, velocity, and control make me think he could be the exception to the past performance of other Japanese pitchers that have come over.
I fully agree. I do however think Japanese players get an unfair rap. For the most part, they have come over and made the transition with success. Not sure why the perception is askew. There are some awesome players and talent in the Pacific Rim, Yu being just one of many, but obviously the best. One part of the problem is that many Japanese players come over here late in their career. Another is media hype, thus setting the bar way too high for them to ever achieve or fulfill expectations. Of the American kids drafted, a small percentage ever deliver, so to point a finger at Japanese players, or even Dominican players for that matter, is absurd. For the most part, any Japanese player to make the transition has performed in the Major Leagues. Maybe not the next coming of Nolan, but they have played at the highest level in baseball, and competed. At 25, Yu could probably shatter this contribed image. The figure I saw from Rosenthal earlier was lower than I predicted. He says $40M posting fee and 5/$60M. That is cheap for a TORP, and one I predict will be an AL Cy Young Award winner more than once.
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