MLB and NPB Posting Rules

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball Posting System

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball reached an agreement on the new posting system on December 16, 2013. The agreement between the two leagues is for three years and expires in December of 2016.

  • If an NPB Club wishes to make one of its players available to Major League Clubs, the NPB shall notify the Office of the Commissioner of the NPB player’s potential availability and the “release fee” that a Major League Club must pay to the NPB Club in order to secure the NPB player’s release. The NPB Club may not set the release fee at an amount higher than $20 million and the fee cannot be changed once it has been set by the NPB Club.
  • The Office of the Commissioner shall than “post” the NPB player’s availability by notifying all Major League Clubs of the NPB player’s availability and the release fee sought by the NPB club.
  • All “postings” of NPB players must be made between November 1 and February 1.
  • Beginning the day after the player is posted, and concluding 30 days later, any Major League Club willing to pay the release fee set by the NPB Club may then negotiate with the player in an attempt to reach an agreement on a contract.
  • If a Major League Club is able to reach an agreement on a contract with the posted NPB player, the Major League Club must pay the NPB Club the designated release fee, which will occur in installments, the timing of which depends on the size of the release fee.
  • If the posted NPB player fails to reach an agreement with a Major League Club, the release fee is not owed, the NPB player remains under reserve to his NPB Club, and the player may not be posted again until the following November 1.

  • The term of the new posting agreement is three years, continuing from year-to-year thereafter until either the Office of the Commissioner or the NPB gives notice of its intent to terminate the agreement on hundred and eighty days prior to the anniversary of the commencement of the agreement.
Payment Schedule for Posting Fee

The posting fee for players assigned with a release fee for more than $10 million is paid out in four installments over 18 months. The payment schedule is as follows:

  • Payment One: 50% of the posting fee is due within 14 days of the submission of the contract
  • Payment Two: 17% of the posting fee is due within six months of submission of the contract
  • Payment Three: 17% of the posting fee is due within 12 months of submission of the contract
  • Payment Four: 16% of the posting fee is due within 18 months of submission of the contract