Let the bidding begin.
On Nov. 1, Monday, the posting process for Hisashi Iwakuma will begin.
Iwakuma finished with a 2.82 ERA in 201 innings for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and is one of the best pitchers in the game. However, the 29-year-old is ready to move onto the majors, and the righty should serve nicely in the middle of some team's rotation next year.
Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker says that Rakuten is hoping for a $16-$17 million posting fee. The winning team will have to negotiate a contract with Iwakuma on top of that posting fee.
The record posting fee a team has ever paid is Boston's $51.1 million to Seibu for the rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka, who then signed a six-year, $52 million deal.
-- Evan Brunell
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