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Yu Darvish could be headed to MLB this offseason

Sep 19, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

Prepare thyself. Another "must-see" Japanese pitching prospect could be on his way to the states as soon as this offseason. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal heard from a source Saturday that right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be "posted" this winter, meaning teams in Major League Baseball...

Prepare thyself.  Another “must-see” Japanese pitching prospect could be on his way to the states as soon as this offseason.

FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal heard from a source Saturday that right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be “posted” this winter, meaning teams in Major League Baseball will have a crack at luring him away from the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Darvish is only 24 and widely considered one of the top pitchers in Japan.  He has won two MVP awards in his first five seasons of professional baseball and became the youngest player in Japanese baseball history to be given a contract worth more than 300 million yen (about $3.5 million US) when he re-signed with Nippon last season.

He will have no trouble topping that salary if and when he signs with a team state-side.  The Yankees, according to Rosenthal, have been watching every one of his starts and other teams are sure to step forward with bids as well.  But let’s also keep in mind that pitchers of Darvish’s ilk are not guaranteed success in the big leagues.  In fact, few have found it an easy transition.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Sep 19, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Will the next Hideki Irabu please stand up?

  2. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Not to get too personal or anything, but looking at that photo….did this guy ever have a sex change operation?

  3. Roger Moore - Sep 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    when he re-signed with Nippon last season.
    That should be “when he re-signed with Nippon Ham [or the Fighters] last season”. The team is the Fighters, and their sponsor is Nippon Ham.

  4. Sweepthleg - Sep 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Thought that was a woman.

  5. Kiwicricket - Sep 19, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Quite possibly. I which direction though?

  6. Old Gator - Sep 19, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    You know me. To the left, one would hope.

  7. The Real Shuxion - Sep 20, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    If a sex change gets a girl as hot as the one he’s got, I’m all in.

  8. Detroit Michael - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    I don’t believe any of the other Japanese pitchers who have come to the states match Darvish’s track record.

  9. Giant Space Ants - Sep 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Man, think of how annoying things would be…
    “Who’s starting today?”
    “Yu.”
    “Shut up dude, that stopped being funny two months ago.”

  10. birdmancometh - Sep 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    You mean Hideki I-rob-you?

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