Players posted to MLB

In the late 1990s, problems arose involving some players from Japan coming to play for Major League Baseball teams in the United States. One case was in 1997 with Hideki Irabu, who refused to play for the Padres after San Diego acquired his rights. That essentially forced San Diego to trade his negotiating rights. The Yankees then acquired Irabu. A formal posting system was put in place before the 1999 season.

(Database note: MLB salary and years listed below represent those figures in the initial contract.)
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Name Country Position Team MLB team Year Age Transfer fee MLB salary Years
Masahiro Tanaka Masahiro Tanaka Japan Pitcher Rakuten Golden Eagles New York Yankees 2013 25 $20, 000, 000 $155, 000, 000 7
Hyun-Jin Ryu Hyun-Jin Ryu South Korea Pitcher Hanwha Eagles Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 25 $25, 737, 737 $36, 000, 000 6
Hiroyuki Nakajima Hiroyuki Nakajima Japan Shortstop Seibu Lions New York Yankees 2011 29 $2, 000, 000 No deal -
Yu Darvish Yu Darvish Japan Pitcher Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters Texas Rangers 2011 25 $51, 700, 000 $60, 000, 000 6
Norichika Aoki Norichika Aoki Japan Outfield Yakult Swallows Milwaukee Brewers 2011 29 $2, 500, 000 $2, 500, 000 2
Hisashi Iwakuma Hisashi Iwakuma Japan Pitcher Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Oakland Athletics 2010 29 $19, 100, 000 No deal -
Tsuyoshi Nishioka Tsuyoshi Nishioka Japan Shortstop Chiba Lotte Marines Minnesota Twins 2010 26 $5, 329, 000 $9, 250, 000 3
Koji Mitsui Koji Mitsui Japan Pitcher Seibu Lions - 2009 36 - No deal -
Koji Mitsui Koji Mitsui Japan Pitcher Seibu Lions - 2008 35 - No deal -
Daisuke Matsuzaka Daisuke Matsuzaka Japan Pitcher Seibu Lions Boston Red Sox 2006 26 $51, 111, 111 $52, 000, 000 6
Akinori Iwamura Akinori Iwamura Japan Second base Yakult Swallows Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2006 27 $4, 500, 000 $7, 700, 000 3
Kei Igawa Kei Igawa Japan Pitcher Hanshin Tigers New York Yankees 2006 27 $26, 194, 000 $20, 000, 000 5
Norihiro Nakamura Norihiro Nakamura Japan Third base Orix Buffaloes Los Angeles Dodgers 2005 31 NA Minor league deal -
Yusaku Iriki Yusaku Iriki Japan Pitcher Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - 2005 33 - No deal -
Shinji Mori Shinji Mori Japan Pitcher Seibu Lions Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2005 31 $1, 000, 000 $1, 300, 000 2
Ramon Ramirez Ramon Ramirez Japan Pitcher Hiroshima Toyo Carp New York Yankees 2003 21 $300, 050 Minor league deal -
Akinori Otsuka Akinori Otsuka Japan Pitcher Chunichi Dragons San Diego Padres 2003 31 $3, 000, 000 $18, 000, 000 2
Kazuhisa Ishii Kazuhisa Ishii Japan Pitcher Yakult Swallows Los Angeles Dodgers 2002 28 $11, 260, 000 $12, 300, 000 4
Akinori Otsuka Akinori Otsuka Japan Pitcher Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes - 2002 30 - No deal -
Ichiro Suzuki Ichiro Suzuki Japan Outfield Orix BlueWave Seattle Mariners 2000 26 $13, 125, 000 $14, 000, 000 3
Alejandro Quezada Alejandro Quezada Japan Outfield Hiroshima Toyo Carp Cincinnati Reds 1999 23 $400, 000 Minor league deal -
Timo Perez Timo Perez Japan Outfield Hiroshima Toyo Carp - 1999 23 - No deal -
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