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Yu Darvish signs 2011 contract in Japan, gives “no comment” on potential 2012 move to MLB

Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

Yu Darvish pitch

Yu Darvish, the 24-year-old Japanese ace MLB teams have been salivating over for years already, has signed a 2011 contract with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters worth approximately $6 million, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker.

There’s been speculation that Darvish could make the move to MLB following the 2011 season, but when asked about the possibility of being “posted” for MLB teams to bid on next offseason the two-time MVP offered merely a “no comment.”

His current contract makes him Japan’s highest-paid player, but Darvish would likely command at least twice that much per season and get a deal spanning at least five years if he came to MLB.

During the past four seasons in Japan the 6-foot-5 right-hander has posted ERAs of 1.82, 1.88, 1.73, and 1.78, which along with being just 24 years old figures to make Darvish the most sought after player in the history of the posting process should he decide to make the move.

  1. wowbaggertheinfinitelyprolonged - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Yes, but whilst he has made no comment about 2012, what has he had to say about Jeff Bagwell! (As the rest of the entire world appears to have done so already)

  2. Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    That’s funny, I heard he was quoted saying “コメントはありません”

    • BC - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      And I could have sworn he said 私は緑の卵やハムを食べることはありません。

      • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        The FCC is coming after you now, Boris.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:24 PM

        He said that right after he was quoted saying あなたのお母さんは犬であり、最後の夜私のスリッパを噛んで

      • BC - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        All that meant was “I do not eat green eggs and ham”.
        Thank God for online translation services.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        duuude I know….. I was using it too. it doesn’t translate perfectly though…

  3. Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Does he come in to the Grinch song?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

      Hello? Is this thing on…? Come on people!!! The Grinch song…the Whirling Dervishes…? Damn….

      • BC - Jan 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        If anyone is interested:

  4. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Jan 7, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    I remember his father talking about Yu using his ability to bring baseball to Iran (His father being Iranian of course). If he wants to do that, MLB is the only way to go.

    BTW when is Bill Murphy (Chiba Lotte) coming stateside? Best chin hair since Matt Clement. You could brush off homeplate with that hair.

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