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Japan pitcher Tanaka freed up to join MLB

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The club of star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has approved his move to the US major leagues, at a likely bargain price for such a high-profile trans-Pacific deal because of a new "posting" system. 

Japan's pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws the ball against the Netherlands during the fifth inning of the second-round Pool 1 game in the World Baseball Classic tournament at Tokyo Dome on March 12, 2013

The Rakuten Eagles, powered by Tanaka to their first-ever "Japan Series" national title this year, spent about a week after the launch of the new system before announcing on Wednesday they would release the 25-year-old right hander.

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