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Rakuten Golden Eagles will allow Masahiro Tanaka to be posted after all

Masahiro Tanaka

In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 photo, Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches against the Lotte Marines in the ninth inning on his way to helping the team to clinch the Pacific League title and advance into the team’s first Japan Series, in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Tanaka will be aiming to extend one of the most successful runs in the history of professional baseball when he takes the mound for the Rakuten Eagles in Game 1 of the Japan Series on Saturday, Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY


This morning there was a report that the Rakuten Golden Eagles would try to persuade Masahiro Tanaka to stay in Japan. Now, late this afternoon, comes word that they will grant his wish to be posed after all. The report comes from, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

As previously reported, the new posting system has a maximum bid of $20 million, so there will be no shortage of teams interested in bidding on the phenomenally talented Tanaka. So far reports are that the Yankees, Cubs, Angels, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are going to bid, and no doubt many others will as well.