While stars get less than they would from U.S. teams, Japanese teams traditionally have paid their lesser players more than they would see in lower levels of U.S. franchises.
A high school or college student can become instantly weathy and has a very good chance at stardom withing a few short years by signing with a Japanese team as opposed to joining trying their luck with the Minor League System. The down side, looking at it from a player's perspective, is that one is tied to the team for 9-10 years with little chance of being allowed to pursue one's dreams of the Majors until perhaps a year before becoming a free agent (8-9 years). To get around that, some day a kid is going to make part of his signing an agreement that he may be guaranteed to be posted at his request after 5 years - even if those 5 years are spent at 2-gun. He may have to give up some of his signing bonus for such a clause (which seems fair to me).
There was one thing about Isidore-san's article that made him one of the first main-stream U.S. writers to deserve my respect: the editor had cut a phrase down to calling Ichiro the "first player to [...] via the posting system," yet, after I pointed out that he was the first Japanese player to be posted, Isidore-san fixed that mistake very quickly. Other writers have seemed to take a "who are you to tell me I made a mistake?" attitude. Thank you , Isidore-san, for not being like that.
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