However, it could lead to resistance from one of the other major stakeholders, either the players or the owners.
However, in concert, each of these proposed reforms offers something substantial to players or owners so that if all three reforms are jointly pursued, all stakeholders could gain from their joint adoption.
Under the hard cap, a new foreign player cannot be signed for more than $1 million or to a multiyear deal.
Foreign players would also only be able to sign a multiyear deal with their current team, but not other teams in the KBO.
As long as he plays parts of the next six years in the NPB’s top league and is successful, he’ll be eligible to go through the posting system for players to move from the NPB to MLB at a younger age then most players are eligible for free agency in the United States.
With MLB teams shifting spending from older players with strong track records to younger players to capture their peak years, Stewart could be in line for something similar to what Yusei Kikuchi received last winter as a solid, but not star player when he was posted and signed with the Seattle Mariners for three years and million.
For international talent that will already have to make the decision to move to another country and where the potential signing bonus money is smaller, there may be stronger incentives.
In 2017, there were over 100 ex-major or minor league players in South Korea and Japan.
But there are clear incentives for both the players and the NPB or the KBO in light of MLB’s current salary structure.
The only questions are whether other NPB teams follow the Hawks’ lead and whether the KBO makes the changes it needs to be a player in recruiting international talent.