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Report: the Diamondbacks are prepared to unload the money truck on Yu Darvish

Oct 13, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

Last month we heard reports that Japanese ace Yu Darvish could be posted this winter (i.e. his current club, Nippon Ham, could make him available to major league teams for a price). Now Patrick Newman of the excellent NPB Tracker passes along word that the
Diamondbacks are willing to go as high as $80 million for Darvish.

Some portion of that would probably be the posting fee and some portion of it the actual contract, what with the previous record posting fee being  $51.1 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka.  With his contract added in, Matsuzaka ended up costing the Sox over $100 million. Figuring that (a) the Diamondbacks aren’t likely to spend like the Sox; and (b) Dice-K ended up being, you know, not worth $100 million, you’d have to assume that the $80 million figure would cover it all.

As for Darvish the pitcher: he’s been worked hard during his professional career. There are some that categorize him as a Dice-K style nibbler. Not sure if that’s just stereotyping — a Japanese pitcher being a “nibbler” is becoming like a white guy being a “possession receiver” in its cliche value — but the point is that not everyone is as excited about Darvish today as they were a couple of years ago.

But, hey: nibbler or not, overpriced or not, he would almost certainly constitute an improvement for the Diamondbacks as they try to build their team around starting pitching.

  1. BC - Oct 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    $80 million on this guy?? I’d rather sign Cliff Lee for twice that.

  2. twinkletoes - Oct 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Forget the D-Backs on this one. They can talk all they want, but if Darvish posts, there’s no way that Mr. Nintendo lets him go anywhere but Seattle. I know this would be a break the bank kinda deal for the M’s, and they almost never play that game, but this guy is a rock star in Japan. I’m sure that Mr Nintendo will not allow the Japanese media to water down their focus on Ichiro and the M’s. Ichiro is like the Wayne Gretzky/Michael Jordan of Japan. Darvish is like the Lebron of Japan.
    Plus, if anyone thinks that Mr. Nintendo won’t have an “in” during the so-called confidential posting process, they don’t understand Japanese culture at all.
    If he actually gets posted, it will be Hernandez, Pineda and Darvish in 2011. Very not bad.

  3. D-Luxxx - Oct 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Sure, but the M’s need hitting, not pitching…

  4. KarkoviceWasMyIdol - Oct 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Did you really just use a football metaphor, Craig?

  5. spindervish - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    No, he did not. Because that is not a metaphor.

  6. uzm2000 - Oct 15, 2010 at 5:09 AM

    He’s already pretty much banged up and used up for his age. His team has sucked all the juices out of this kid already and now ready to ship it out and get paid handsomely in return.

    He is below Dice-k and don’t expect any gyro ball or anything magical. Being Japanese and a fan of MLB, I really hate this system for Japanese ball clubs to abuse young talent by intentionally forcing them 150 pitches a game trying to make the best out of them early in their career knowing they can ship them to MLB.

    It’s disgusting, actually. I’ve seen Darvish, in this case, getting tons of innings obviously looking in pain or coming up as a reliever(he’s a starter) and pitching like he was tossing a practice pitch… because of pain he was in…

    Seriously, Japan league better start allowing players to go to MLB or whichever league much earlier in their career (now 9 years to become a Free Agent) and stop this nonsense auction system, which allows JP teams to abuse players for the first 8 years knowing that they could send them off to MLB after the season and get paid to buy a fresh talent…

    That’s exactly what his team has under plan. Same was true to this former team of Dice-K. They were so happy to get paid 50M for him to build a new stadium.

    Please don’t any team overspend just to get a right to negotiate with Darvish.

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