Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball finalized a new posting system earlier this month for Japanese players who have not reached free agency. The $20 million cap is much less than what Japanese teams previously got for players such as pitchers Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Boston obtained Matsuzaka from the Seibu Lions before the 2007 season for $51,111,111.11, and agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract. Texas got Darvish from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters before the 2012 season for $51,703,411 and gave him a $56 million, six-year deal.
Under the rules of the three-year agreement announced Dec. 16, a Japanese club can make players available between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1.
Information from the Associated Press has been used in this report.