Masahiro Tanaka could be making big money this offseason. The top Japanese hurler might be posted very soon, and according to Yahoo! Sports, it's his decision if he wants to be posted.
Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB agreed to new posting rules earlier Monday so that the NPB can receive some grievance if they lose their pitcher (max $20 million on posting fee). Shortly after, it seemed as if Tanaka was given permission to come to the MLB if he wished. It definitely seems like he wishes.
Over his Japanese career, 25-year-old Masahiro Tanaka has pitched beautifully. Over his seven year NPB career, Tanaka is 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. In 2013, Tanaka was practically perfect, pitching to a 24-0 record, a 1.27 ERA, and a 0.94 WHIP. Including the postseason, Tanaka was 30-0 in 2013. Tanaka should be a solid pitcher in the Major Leagues and could make a ton of money starting this offseason.
The Yankees and Cubs have shown interest in Tanaka, but until he gets posted, it's truly unknown who will be in on the righty. Expect Tanaka to make a decision soon. Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Tanaka's Japanese team (the Rakuten Eagles) should be meeting with Tanaka soon to discuss his decision on weather he wants to play in the Major Leagues.