Wednesday, 3:55 AM: Buster Olney acknowledged that a Major League executive said that he believed Tanaka will get a deal in the $150 million range. Japanese Yu Darvish got a five-year, $56 million deal under the old system, he notes.
Wednesday, 12:18 AM ET: Jon Morosi tweeted that a report came from Japan that stated that the Rakuten president acknowledged problems with the new posting system, but that he did not want to hold back Tanaka from the challenge of the MLB.
Tuesday, 10:58 PM ET: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News confirmed Sankei's report, one of many reports to come before 11:00 PM.
Tuesday, 10:19 PM ET: Sankei Sports, a Japanese sports newspaper, reported (on Twitter) that Masahiro Tanaka would be posted. This report was the first official report.
Tuesday, 10:03 PM ET: Robert Murray of Sports Injury Alert tweeted that reports on a Tanaka decision are premature and that a decision is imminent according to MLB.com.
Tuesday, 8:18 PM ET: ESPN MLB reported that Tanaka would be posted. At this point, only one "major" news source had reported that he would not be posted, making it seem like he definitely would be posted.
Tuesday, 7:46 PM ET: Jim Allen of Kyodo News tweeted that an official decision would come from the Rakuten Golden Eagles at approximately 11:00 AM Japan time (9:00 PM ET).
Tuesday, 7:23 PM ET: Hernandez noted in a second tweet that the only direct quote from all these articles was from the Rakuten president stating that the Golden Eagles had made a decision, but it was unknown.
Tuesday, 7:11 PM ET: Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times tweeted a link from Sports Jiji that Masahiro Tanaka would NOT be posted for MLB teams to bid.
Tuesday, 6:25 PM ET: Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times tweeted a link from Nikkan Sports (a legitimate source) that stated that Masahiro Tanaka would be posted to the Major Leagues.
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