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Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 9:21 pm
 
The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to accept the posting price on star pitcher Yu Darvish, but not until just before the Tuesday 5 p.m. ET deadline.

That means another five days of waiting to find out which team has won the right to negotiate with Darvish, the 25-year-old right-hander who wants to come to the major leagues after a brilliant career in Japan. Once the Fighters formally accept the bid, the commissioner's office will reveal the name of the winning team (even the Fighters don't know which team it is), and a 30-day negotiating window will open.

Ever since the bidding period ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, rumors about which team won and how high that team bid have been flying around baseball. Talk in the game is that the winning bid was above $40 million, and possibly even above the $51 million that the Red Sox paid for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka.

As for which team won the bid, speculation continues that it was the Blue Jays, although it is also thought that the Rangers put in a strong bid. The Yankees were said to have put in a "modest" bid, and thus it's considered unlikely that they were the team that won the rights.

Waiting until near the deadline before accepting a posting bid is not unusual. The Seibu Lions did the same thing five years ago, after posting Matsuzaka. And while there was much speculation then about which team made the highest bid, the winner wasn't known for sure until after the Lions officially signaled their acceptance.
Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

LOUD NOISES!!!!!!



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

TORONTO BLUE JAYS WIN RIGHTS TO DARVISH!



Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

Good point   If Ryan thinks he is worth the money there must be something to this kid afterall Nolan knows a bit about pitching I'd say and Rogers has tons of cash



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

I find it sad that you need to bid on a player in order to just negotiate with that person.  Baseball and this world is weird...i tell ya



Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

Yes he would be an excellent fit for the Cubs, if the Jays or anyone else outbid them, shame on them. They need to be aggressive, that said, I would rather have him in a Jays uniform but if the NL Cubs get him, that would be ok.



Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

It's about time Rogers spent some of their $Billions instead of talking. With the Red Sox and Yankees not so dominant and the Rays spending like the small market team they are, it's time for the Jays to go for it. Sign Darvish and go for it!



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:22 am
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

Delusional Cubs fans. You can find them anywhere!



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:02 am
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

Obviously a Texas fan...we have Rickey Romero as our #1, wayyyy better then Colby Lewis, so Darvish will slip in as #2, as I will say he's probably better then Brandon Morrow.  Hopefully Feliz turns out for you in the rotation, but Holland might be your best starter.



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:35 am
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

Hes' half Japanese and half Iranian. Stud! Cubs win the bid. Northside looking like an excellent fit.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:01 am
 

Darvish: Fighters expected to accept Tuesday

IMO, if Nolan Ryan was in this bidding war, then I have to believe this kid is for real.  I mean he let Cliff Lee walk and even though Cliff had another good season, if memory serves me right, he was beaten in the post season just like he was with Texas.  I everyone will agree Nolan knows pitchers...so if the Blue Jays win this thing, they have a solid #1....if it's Texas, I might still make Colby Lewis #1 and let this kid be a #2 or maybe even #3....take a little pressure off him at first.  There's not much left out there for the Rangers to replace C.J. Wilson....so even with Prince Fielder, without another soldi pitcher they're going to have score 6-8 runs per game....


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