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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