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SBD Global/October 24, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Japan High School Baseball Prodigy Expected to Leave Homeland In Favor Of U.S.
Published October 24, 2012
MONEY TALKS: The DAILY YOMIURI wrote that "a major reason for Japanese baseball talent opting for an MLB career is money." In '09, the Washington Nationals gave pitcher Stephen Strasburg an MLB record four-year contract worth $15.1M. In contrast, NPB in '07 set the cap on a rookie's contract at 100M yen ($1.3M), with incentives up to 50% of the total contract. Some observers have argued that if an MLB team offers a contract of more than 100M yen to a player, Japanese teams "should offer, in exceptional cases, contracts exceeding this" (DAILY YOMIURI, 10/23).