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Darvish hires agents, headed to U.S. in 2012?

Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 1:59 pm
 
DarvishBy Evan Brunell

The best pitcher slated to be on the free-agent market is C.J. Wilson, but he might be supplanted by a Japanese import.

While Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to come stateside a year after failing to join Oakland through the posting process, it's Yu Darvish that has everyone's attention as one of the best pitchers in Japan. At just 24 years old (Darvish turns 25 on Tuesday), the right-hander will command a hefty price through the posting process.

While Darvish is expected to be posted after opting to stay in Japan one additional year last season, news out of the Tokyo Chunichi sports paper via Yakyubaya.com notes that Darvish told teammate Yuki Saito he was planning on staying in Japan one more year, although a source close to Darvish said the Persian Japanese pitcher reported that Darvish was finding it difficult to stay motivated in Japanese baseball.

Another indication that Darvish is preparing for a move comes in the hiring of Arn Tellem and Don Nomura to represent Darvish. Nomura is popular in Japan for his ability to help players move to the major leagues. Nomura was Iwakuma's agent last year but was partly responsible for the breakdown in talks, leading Iwakuma to switch agents. Nomura is expected to handle Darvish's side of things in Japan, while Tellem will handle the U.S. side, which will certainly make the negotiating process easier with an American agent's expertise. Tellem has previous dealings with Nomura, helping the Japanese agent find the voluntary retirement loophole in Hideo Nomo's contract that allowed him to retire from baseball in Japan, freeing him up to move to the U.S. without a posting process.

The newspaper tabs the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers as the best candidates for Darvish's services, adding the Mets, Dodgers and Blue Jays as other contenders. It's difficult to imagine the Mets and Dodgers having the funds for an outlay that could cost about $ 80 million, and the Red Sox may not want to jump back into the expensive waters to bring a Japanese pitcher to town after the Daisuke Matsuzaka saga, as well as coming off two major contracts signed in Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. That leaves the Yankees, Rangers and Blue Jays as the top suitors, which sounds about right.

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Photo courtesy Yakyubaya.com.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Darvish hires agents, headed to U.S. in 2012?

CJ Wilson would still be a better option than some guy from the Japanese league.....

Im just sayin Wilson has proven he can pitch against MLB talent

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