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.
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.
That said, no number crunching has been done and it cannot be said definitively that the gains from one reform would necessarily outweigh the costs of another to either the owners or the players.
In some respect, the devil would be in the details.
Beyond convincing players to seek their fortune in Asia rather than North America, there will be challenges recruiting international amateur talent.
Teams in the KBO and NPB would have to expand their scouting internationally, and in Latin America deal with the murkier relationship between trainers and young players.
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.