In imitation of the NPB, the Taiwanese Baseball League, CPBL, will sign a deal regarding a posting system. CPBL commissioner Wu Chih-Yang and MLB senior vice president Jim Small will both sign the agreement on March 8.
In previous years MLB teams were unable to bid on Taiwanese players and since MLB believes CPBL’s “international free agency” does not equal to “free agency”. Therefore, players should go through the proper posting system.
There is a posting system in place in Taiwan which allows players with three years of service in the flagship team of the four clubs of the CPBL to be posted.
In two separate posting cases this offseason, there were two different approaches on how to go about it. The Lamigo Monkeys’ posted their outfielder Wang Po-Jung via a silent auction. The Uni-Lions on the other hands decided to let the overseas teams contract the Uni-Lions directly for 23-year-old RHP Chen Yun-Wen.
According to a CNA article, there were at least four MLB organizations including the Cincinnati Reds were interested in bidding on Wang Po-Jung, but was told off by the MLB, they would have to do this by the book.
Wang Po-Jung’s negotiating rights ended up going to the NPB’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters who had thirty days to sign him to a contract.
In previous years, Taiwanese players were signed by MLB clubs through the international free agent system.