He will not become eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season and can move to MLB only if the Rakuten Eagles agree to post him. The Eagles, who won the Japan Series, say they want Tanaka to remain with them for next season.
The Japanese baseball commissioner apologized on Friday for the confusion caused by introducing a new, livelier ball this season without notifying players.
When it comes to transactions and acquisitions, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and the rest of his front office staff left Dallas Thursday afternoon much the same way they arrived at the winter meetings on Sunday. They didn't add a starting pitcher or a center fielder while they were here, and their bench still remains basically empty.