Posting process needs to be altered

The posting process for Japanese players is a system that might be difficult to change, but sorely needs to be.

Originally Published: December 15, 2006
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Daisuke Matsuzaka is a member of the Red Sox, everyone got rich, everyone is happy, the posting process is complete and, from most indications, the posting process might be changed.

"It is silly,'' said one major league executive. "It is stupid."

The posting process originated from the Padres' controversial signing of pitcher Hideki Irabu in 1997. The Padres entered into a working agreement with Irabu's team in Japan, the Chiba Lotte Marines, guaranteeing exclusive rights to him, which ...

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