Sponichi: MLB proposing posting-fee limit for Japanese players. If multiple teams submit max bid, player goes to team with worst record.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 2, 2013
Now, Sponichi is a Japanese newspaper, so this is just a report, although that the proposal reportedly comes from MLB is interesting. But holy crap this would be huge for the Astros, because they could simply offer the maximum bid for Masahiro Tanaka and simply by default of being God-awful in 2013, automatically win the bid. They'd have to sign him to a contract, so it's not as though it would be a slam-dunk, but if report is true (and it gets approved by everybody involved), then the Rangers wouldn't just be able to swoop in with $900 gajillion and win.