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Japan's baseball owners growing weary of talent drain

Japan's baseball owners growing weary of talent drain

Japan's baseball owners are looking for ways to reduce the talent drain to the major leagues.
Under Japanese baseball rules, a player cannot become a free agent until after playing nine seasons of professional baseball.
But many top players flee to the U.S. major leagues under the posting system, which allows major league teams to secure the negotiating rights for players and sign them before they become free agents.
Pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox and Kei Igawa of the New York Yankees both went to the majors in the offseason under the posting system.
The system is becoming more favorable for cash-strapped Japanese teams, which used to discourage their players from pursuing careers in the majors.
The Seibu Lions, Matsuzaka's former team, pocketed US$51.1 million (


Updated : 2021-04-19 09:07 GMT+08:00