Responding to a Darvish question from the Valentine thread where I asked what BV was doing in Japan and speculating on him bringing back a JPL pitcher.
Jeff Passan/Yahoo Sports report from 15-Nov.
Cool, thanks for that. Despite being written by Passan, and laden with typical Passan-ish crap, it still manages to be a great article.
I don't know if Darvish is coming. Supposedly one of the reasons he didn't come last year was because he was getting divorced, but apparently that divorce is an ongoing process. And as I've said before, he has (a couple years ago) said that he wants to get to 200 Wins in Japan. Though that having been at a fan appreciation day, was probably just lip service.
As for money being the incentive, he's been on year to year contracts and this year was on JPY 500m (about $6.5m), but Yahoo Japan had an article a few weeks ago that said Nippon Ham was willing to pay him twice that for the 2012 season if he stayed another year. 13 mil is almost certainly more than he'd make in MLB, at least for the first year. Beyond that who knows what he'd make in Japan, but probably something comparable until he reached FA. So I don't think the money is as much as of an incentive as some make it out to be.
The interesting part of the article is the speculation about the future of the posting system. From the article
The posting system will die once the only beneficiary of it stops reaping its rewards. And while Rakuten last season lodged a complaint about the system following its return of Iwakuma’s $19.1 million fee to Oakland, there is little movement today in Japan to overhaul it.
There is too much potential money the way it is, the thinking goes. NPB already struggles to keep franchises afloat financially because they don’t share media markets, business rights, anything, really. Funny enough, they could benefit more from an overhauled system than any of the other parties.
Whether it’s coming up with a sliding fee scale – teams are entitled to 50 percent if a player posts following his first season all the way down to 10 percent after his eighth – or engaging multiple bidders, there are ways to encourage player transfer in a way equitable to the team and player. Of course, Japan’s desire to keep its baseball at a high level could hinder the transfer of more Japanese talent to MLB.
...Passan doesn't really make a case about how exactly NPB teams could benefit from a revamped system as he claims in the bolded part, but he is correct that it needs to change. Interesting times.
ETA: As per Yakyubaka/Sponichi Yu is expected to be at the Fighter's year-end meeting tomorrow (Friday 02-Dec) and may meet with team execs to decide his next move then.
Edited by Tokyo Sox, 01 December 2011 - 12:34 AM.