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Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:56 pm
By Matt Snyder

The time in which Major League Baseball teams could place a bid for the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish has come and gone. At least one team has done so, according to MLB officials. It's not just one, though. Darvish is coveted.

From here, the team that submitted the highest bid will then pay the fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters for the rights to negotiate an MLB contract with Darvish. The Fighters do have the right to reject such an offer, but it's likely to be lucrative enough that they'll take the money. They have four business days to make a decision, so 5 p.m. ET Tuesday is the deadline.


If the Fighters do accept the offer, the MLB team with the highest bid will then attempt to sign Darvish. None of the posting bid fee goes to Darvish, so the negotiations are independent. If the team is unable to sign Darvish, they wouldn't have to pay the posting fee.

Major League Baseball won't announce the team with the winning bid until the Fighters have made their decision, but it's possible a reporter uncovers the winner in the meantime.

It's not the Red Sox (per Boston Globe), Orioles (per, the Twins (per Star Tribune), the Rays (St. Petersburg Times), Angels (, Mets (Journal News), Giants (San Francisco Chronicle), A's (San Francisco Chronicle) or Marlins (Miami Herald). We'll update this paragraph as more names start to be named as non-suitors.  

Teams in the bidding have guessed the Blue Jays and Rangers would be among the highest bidders (according to's Danny Knobler), based upon the respective scouts having been to see Darvish pitch so many times. Also, the general manager for each club went to Japan. The Nationals and Cubs are also said to be interested.' Jon Heyman says the Yankees entered a "modest" bid for Darvish and are not expected to win.

Also, sources told Knobler that the Fighters were very impressed with how high the bid was. So brace yourselves.

Darvish, a 25-year-old right-hander, has been the ace of the Ham Fighters for several years. In 164 career starts, Darvish is 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with just about one strikeout per inning pitched. He's also thrown 55 complete games and 18 shutouts. In 2011, Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 276 strikeouts in 232 innings with 10 complete games and six shutouts.

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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:59 pm

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot's the rules of the posting system.... Here's some insight into how it works. When a player under contract with a Nippon Professional Baseball team wishes to play in Major League Baseball, he must notify his current team's management and request that they make him available for posting during the next posting period (November 1 – March 1) The NPB team can reject this request, and the player will not be posted.] However, if the team consents, the player is presented to the MLB Commissioner. The Commissioner then notifies all MLB teams of the posted player and holds a four-day-long silent auction during which interested MLB teams submit sealed bids in U.S. dollars to the Commissioner’s Office. After the allotted four days have passed, the Commissioner closes the bidding process and notifies the posted player's NPB team of the highest bid amount but not who the bidding team is. The NPB team then has four days to either accept or reject the non-negotiable bid amount. If the bid is rejected, the NPB team retains rights to the player. If it is accepted, the successful MLB team is granted the exclusive rights to negotiate with the player for 30 days. If the player and the MLB team agree on contract terms before the 30-day period has expired, the NPB team receives the bid amount as a transfer fee within five business days. The player is then free to play for his new MLB team in the coming season. The transfer fee is not included when calculating an MLB team's total payroll, which is subject to a luxury tax when it exceeds $155 million. If the MLB team cannot come to a contract agreement with the posted player, then no fee is paid and the rights to the player revert to his NPB team. A player can request to be posted again in subsequent years, and the process is repeated with no advantage to the club that had won the bidding the previous year.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:35 pm

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

Lookout people. Darvish and Prince are coming to Toronto this off-season. When it happens, Jaws will drop and hit the floor faster than you can say "NEW AL EAST CHAMPS"! You put Darvish with that young rotation headlined by Romero and Morrow, throw in Prince to follow Bautista and there you have the new faces of the AL East.

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:03 pm

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

There have been so many busts in this process, why wouldn't you spend your money on a proven commodity on the FA market?  Also, why wouldn't a big market team in the AL attempt to block others from signing him by bidding a lot and then dragging out and not sign him?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:39 pm

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

He IS 6'5....that's my point... He's been pitching to 172 lb. hitters...No WONDER he's "dominating" in Japan. Lets face it- there ARE MLB quality players in Japan, but the average Japanese player may equate to Double-A here.  Darvish has superior stuff and velocity compared to the average Japanese pitcher, but won't be elite here. The MLB season is longer, and mistakes travel a lot farther when MLB players hit them. Depending on the park he throws in, I wouldn't be suprised if he had a 4.75 ERA here. He is almost guaranteed to be very overpaid here for value.

Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:30 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:29 am

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

What's with all the cloak and dagger?  Is there some good reason that at 5:01 p.m. on Wednesday MLB can't simply say who submitted the highest bid?  If the bids are binding and it's an actual deadline I'm scratching my head as to why they won't announce what team won the bid.  

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:22 am

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

MLB should pay the posting fee and the players should then go into the draft or just become free agents.

That'd be nice, expect the MLB itself would never shell out money like that. Selig is a total cheapskate. They will always lean on bigger market clubs to pick up the tab. The Yankees over this past decade alone have contributed more to charity, given more the philanthropy, and put more money into the international market than the MLB has ever done in its entire history.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:40 am

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

I find the posting process so inane.  Hopefuly the new CBA addresses it.  MLB should pay the posting fee and the players should then go into the draft or just become free agents. 

Fielder to the Cubs just won't go away, but the strange things is - all Fielder talk has been speculative and somewhat quiet.  I have not heard of any team talking to him directly yet.

I can see him signing a 5 year deal with the Cubs with a team option for years 6 and 7.  If he can squeze a 10 year deal out of the Mariners - good luck to ya pal.  Enjoy playing in that ball park and City for the rest of your career. 

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:44 pm

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

Darvish is coming to the Northside to redeem Japan after the Fukodome debacle. This guy and Fielder will have Wrigley buzzing!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:29 pm

Yu Darvish bids in, several teams have shot

It's gotta be the Cubs, Theo loves international players and this guy is a good one. Darvish is only 25, he would be a perfec fit for the Cubs to start building around. Let's see, but i really think Darvish is the reason we are willing to experiment with Ian Stewart at 3B ( a move that also could pay-off) The Cubs have the money and i think the reason they did not go after Pujols and Prince too heavily is because they wanted this guy, just sayin....................
My understanding is that Cubs are going after Fielder, from what the experts said they don't believe that Fielder will sign with the Cubs. I be really surprise if the Cubs win the bid for Yu Darvish

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