After weeks of speculation and rumors regarding the future of starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League have officially decided to post him for bids from teams in Major League Baseball.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times was able to translate the announcement from Sankei Sports:
Golden Eagles announce Tanaka will be posted, according to Sankei Sports. RT @sankeisports: イーグルス、田中将大の新ポスティング制度による移籍を容認すると発表しました。— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 25, 2013
Rakuten's decision to post Masahiro Tanaka was announced by team president Yozo Tachibana.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 25, 2013
Updates From Friday, Dec. 27:
From Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
Team officials involved in Tanaka sweepstakes say the Japanese star will cost a minimum of $17 million a year— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 27, 2013