The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish

The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish

by Matt S.

Not a surprise. The Nippon-Ham Fighters are expected to announce the winning bid late Monday night (U.S. time). Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated reported over the weekend that the winning bid will end up topping the record $51.1 million posting fee that the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights with Daisuke Matsuzaka back in 2006. Most consider the Blue Jays and Rangers the favorites for the winning bid.


Posted on December 19, 2011, in Hot Stove and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. just read that the Nats are pushing hard for Gio. you know Oakland is not going to trade him till Darvish is awarded cause the teams that don’t get him will go to Oakland for Gio. I also see Oakland coming back to the Yankees even if they don’t want to trade him to them more as to drive the price up for everyone else.

  2. For what its worth,… from my vantage point.
    I think now, that the entire off season campaign, for the Yankees, is hinged at this point on
    the acquisition of Yoennis Cespedes. He is this years Darvish, in terms of offense. All those MLB scouts can’t be wrong! A monster, in right/center field, opens doors to getting that #2, and holding on to some of that young talent.
    Tie him in with Nakajima, whom the Yankees, and Boston likes a lot….and…try this:
    Imagine, the Yanks have Cespedes, and Nakajima…signed right now. Imagine. The missing player is the #2, and you have so many cards to deal. Not so bad?

    Only certain people will know this, but uyf1950, does he not remind you of the spirited/voluminous ….Yanka posts?
    ufy1950….that was a compliment.

    • Fishjam, over on MLB TradeRumors one of their people is reporting that the Yankees are “Big” on Cespedes. Take if for what it’s worth.

      In my very humble opinion IF the Yankees are able to sign both Nakajima and Cespedes and those right now are 2 very big IF’s. They would certainly have some very attractive pieces to try and world a trade for a solid #2. Also, they probably would have to move a couple of players anyway if that happened they just do NOT have the roster spots to store everyone in that case.

      In spite of the fact that the Giants have said over and over again they don’t want to trade Cain I could see the Yankees making them an offer that could consist of some combination of: Swisher, Nunez, Romine and possible another prospect if need be perhaps one of: Noesi/Warren/Mitchell/Phelps to partially offset the Giants loss of Cain. Who knows it might even peak the Mariners interest if one of the “B’s” was substituted for one of the pitchers I mentioned.

      Food for thought. If Cashman’s interested in any more bystander advice he can reach me here. I’ll be happy to help him out putting together a package.

    • Sorry, I addressed my previous comment just a minute ago to fishjam. It’s really meant for Patrick. Sorry about that. But it is very early in the morning here.

      Again please accept my apologies.

  3. Jim_Duquette just tweeted this…..
    Heard from baseball official in Japan, bid was less than 53 mil being rumored.

  4. So it’s official. The Rangers get the privilege of negotiating with Darvish for somewhere between $60 and $75MM for 5 or 6 years. Would seem to me for the Rangers, Wilson would have been a much better investment for say $80MM over 5 years. Since the Rangers were not in jeopardy of going over the luxury tax threshold anytime soon spending $80MM for a know commodity versus $120MM for an unknown commodity even one with potentially a higher ceiling doesn’t make much sense. In my opinion.

    Well bow at least we can all move on from this lunacy known as bidding for Japanese Baseball Players.

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