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MLB Draft Kit: Overseas Scouting Report

Patrick Newman

Patrick Newman

Newman writes extensively about baseball in Japan on his blog, He's lived in Japan and now works in Silicon Valley.

Peter Schoenke

Peter Schoenke

Peter Schoenke is the president and co-founder of He's been elected to the hall of fame for both the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and Fantasy Sports Writers Association and also won the Best Fantasy Baseball Article on the Internet in 2005 from the FSWA. He roots for for the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and T-Wolves.

Overseas Scouting Report

Coming From Japan
By Patrick Newman, courtesy of (@NPBtracker)

Early this offseason, as the MLB hot stove was burning with an intensity rivaling our sun, the Far Eastern front was quiet. Player movement both to and from Japan was slowed as MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) negotiated changes to the widely reviled Posting System. The changes that were settled on were substantial and divisive. Gone is the blind auction process, where the high bidder was awarded exclusive bidding rights. In its place is a pseudo-free agency system, where the NPB team sets a transfer fee up to $20 million (US), and the player is free to negotiate with any MLB team that is willing to pay the fee.

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