December 8: No teams posted a bid on Sanada, writes Newman. Sanada becomes the third player to be posted and not receive a bid, following Akinori Otsuka in 2002 and Koji Mitsui twice, most recently in 2009.
November 22: The Yokohama Bay Stars have agreed to post right-handed reliever Hiroki Sanada this offseason, according to a report passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. It will be the first time Yokohama has used the posting system, though they have lost Takashi Saito and Kazuhiro Sasaki to MLB via free agency.
Sanada, 28 in February, posted a 4.22 ERA in 49 innings this season. He struck out just 18 batters while allowing 74 baserunners (66 hits and eight walks). Newman doesn't expect Sanada to be a hot commodity in part because his velocity has declined, suggesting that he could be in line for a minor league deal following a minimal posting fee.
Steve Adams contributed to this post.