Patrick Newman and The Japan Times on NPB posting fees

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

The Japan Times published an article yesterday about how the new posting system agreement puts Rakuten (Masahiro Tanaka's team) in an unfavorable position.  The Eagles were widely expected to post Tanaka this offseason, but the newly agreed upon system, complete with a $20 million cap on posting fees, seems to have the team rethinking things. “First of all, discuss it …

Samardzija signs a $55m extension? UPDATE: Nope.

In News And Rumors by berselius

All the baseball writers were apparently scooped by the ESPN coverage of today's Indiana-ND game.  Had 2 rewind DVR 2 make sure heard it right, but ESPN's Indiana-ND hoops broadcast said Jeff Samardzija has resigned w/ #Cubs for $55 mil. — Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) December 14, 2013 No word on years, but $55 was around the number that we were …

Winter Meetings Roundup

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

The annual Winter Meetings took place this week and we had you covered here on Obstructed View we were lazy bastards and kept you uninformed. I'd apologize for this. It is the first of the meetings that I have not covered thoroughly in 10 years. I'm just tired of apologizing so let's just get to it. The biggest news is that …

The Case for 7/$140 on Choo

In Commentary And Analysis by myles

Let me preface this article with the admission that I'm really not sure I still believe Shin-Soo Choo is worth 20 AAV for 7 years. Perhaps that's just the market, but it's a lot of money (and would be the first contract exceeding 100 MM for a player never even voted in an ASG). However, I think you can make …

The Cubs Wanted My Opinion… So I Gave It

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle424

The Cubs sent me a survey about their recent Season Ticket Holder event they held about a month ago. You may remember it from such posts as this one. They wanted to know how well they were perceived and if it had helped to persuade me to renew my season tickets. Most of it was grading various aspects like the videos, the …

Is there any coal in the Cubs hot stove?

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by Obstructed View Staff

This is a guest post by SVB. Both Myles and dmick have noted some constraints in their ability to write recently, so I’m writing in an attempt to give Myles and dmick a break, as well as to prevent another unloadable 200+ comment thread from developing. Don’t worry, I won’t become the Jay Leno (or even the David Brenner) of …

Mark Prior Retires

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius

Mark Prior officially announced his retirement today at the winter meetings. Sadly, this was a move a long time coming. Prior threw his last big league pitch over seven years ago and has been trying to make it back ever since, but his body just couldn't hold up.  Despite everything that has happened since the 2003 season, Prior and Sosa have remained …

MLB, NPB reach agreement on posting system

In News And Rumors by dmick89

It was reported last week, but it's apparently become official now and will go into effect as soon as next week.  So, the NPB team sets the posting fee in advance and it can go up as high as $20 million. Then MLB teams submit bids and all teams that bid the value that the NPB team set can negotiate …

More on the potential MLB and NPB posting system

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

There may or may not be an agreement between Major League Baseball and NPB as far as a new posting system goes. A few days ago it was reported that the two had reached an agreement, but were just waiting to sign the final deal. Berselius wrote about this potential deal a few days ago. Anyway, the big issue is what …