Phrases of the newest posting arrangement between MLB and Japanese baseball


If an NPB team wishes to make one of its players available to major-league teams, the NPB shall notify the Office of the Commissioner of the NPB player’s potential availability and the “release fee” that a major-league team must pay to the NPB team in order to secure the NPB player’s release. The NPB team 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 team.

The Office of the Commissioner shall then “post” the NPB player’s availability by notifying all major-league teams of the NPB player’s availability and the release fee sought by the NPB team.

All “postings” of NPB players must be made between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1.

Beginning the day after the player is posted, and concluding 30 days later, any major- league team willing to pay the release fee set by the NPB team may then negotiate with the player in an attempt to reach an agreement on a contract.

If a major-league team is able to reach an agreement on a contract with the posted NPB player, the major-league team must pay the NPB team 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 team, the release fee is not owed, the NPB player remains under reserve to his NPB team, and the player may not be posted again until the following Nov. 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 180 days before the anniversary of the commencement of the agreement.

Killer dinosaur found in Utah; beat T. rex

NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists have discovered a killer dinosaur that roamed in what is now Utah some 100 million years ago. Related articles:

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The two-legged beast was estimated to stretch more than 30 feet long and weigh more than 3 tons. It helps fill a gap in the fossil record of big North American predators between earlier killer beasts and the arrival of the group including T. rex. It wasn’t related to that famous beast.

Researchers from the Field Museum in Chicago and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh announced the finding Friday in the journal Nature Communications. They named the beast Siats meekerorum, (SEE’-otts MEE-ke-ROH’-ruhm) after a man-eating monster of legend from Utah’s Ute tribe, and a family that has donated to the Field Museum.

The specimen discovered in 2008 in Utah was a juvenile. Researchers estimated the adult size by extrapolating from the recovered fossils, which included bones of the back, tail, hip, foot and shin.


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Healthy family recipe: A little Suga

Here is a Turkey Day makeover dish that is sure to please the whole family. The key to keeping this recipe light is to measure ingredients and serve an appropriate portion. This casserole uses less of the recommended sugar and butter but remains sweet and fluffy.

Additional tips: Remove the pecans for a nut-free dish and mix in ground cinnamon and ginger for a spicy addition.

Just a Little Suga’ Sweet Potatoes



1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Put the potatoes in a large pot and add just enough cold water to cover them. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat, and let simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain the potatoes and cool for a few minutes.

3. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add the sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla to the bowl. Source:

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Fold in 1/4 cup of the pecans.

4. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup pecans and marshmallows evenly on top.

5. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden. Cut into 15 squares and serve.

Serving size: 1 square or  ½ cup casserole

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