GiantsFan14 wrote:then what's to stop teams from just posting players to collect half the fee when the player has no intention of signing? if this were the case, posting fees would either become so small that it wouldn't be worth it for japanese teams, or mlb teams would just stop paying posting fees all together. right now, it's up to the japanese team to pick the mlb team who they believe combines the biggest posting fee with the highest likelihood of signing the player. it's not oakland's fault that iwakuma is asking for way too much money and they shouldn't be punished for it.
There's going to be problems with the system however it happens, because they're basically trying to come up with a way to buy a player out of an existing contract. I'm in two minds about it really... part of me thinks that a player should not be eligible to switch leagues at all while under contract (and should wait for FA), and the other part of me thinks that there must be some
way to figure out what it's worth to buy a player out of his contract without messing up the entire framework that defines the process.
As it stands right now, once the player declares he wants to be posted, he has now lost all
power in the negotiations other
than just pulling the plug (and going back to a team he's just pissed off). He has no ability to negotiate
in a fair manner because there are no teams competing over his services to determine a fair-market-value
Add in the problems that high posting fees present to most teams, and you're creating even more problems. Yes, Seattle, Tampa, and LA have pulled this off (in addition to NY and BOS of course), but we're looking at a pretty rare set of circumstances where this works... This process has only been done successfully 10 times (and half of those just low-money or minor league deals).
If NPB players and clubs knew that they could get transfer payments for letting guys go, everyone
would be available for transfer (at a price), much as it is in European football. Yes, that would definitely make the transfer prices go down... but I don't see any other way of incentivising the MLB club to negotiate fairly, unless you're going to get rid of the bidding process altogether and allow multiple teams to negotiate with both the player and the NPB club at the same time.
I wonder if there's not some way to incorporate the football "on loan" system which seems to work... that would make for a lot of messed up salaries with such different leagues though. Not to mention messing up any salary-cap or luxury-tax system in place.