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Nationals among teams hoping Yu Darvish heads to MLB

Jul 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

darvish presser AP

When 24-year-old Japanese ace Yu Darvish was asked last winter if he was considering making the jump to Major League Baseball for the start of the 2012 season, he offered a “no comment.”

Several months later, Darvish still hasn’t commented on the matter. But that hasn’t stopped MLB teams from scouting him and dreaming of how he might fare near the top of a big league starting rotation.

In late June, Rangers GM Jon Daniels headed to Japan to see Darvish for himself. Many other front office executives have done the same. And every major league club is at least keeping some form of tabs on the 6-foot-5 right-hander.

According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, we can now add the Nationals to the list of teams that have expressed public interest in acquiring Darvish should he be made available to bidding in the United States.

Darvish registered a 1.82 ERA as a rookie in 2007, a 1.88 ERA in 2008, a 1.73 ERA in 2009, and a 1.78 ERA in 2010. This season, he is 13-2 with a 1.44 ERA for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Even with Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s failures, Darvish stands to make millions upon millions if he agrees to test out the posting process. He is Japan’s highest-paid player at $6 million annually. In the U.S., he could easily double that.

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Not as laughable as it used to be, the Lerners having shown they will let Rizzo spend the big bucks. Still wouldn’t expect the Nats to win an auction for Darvish’s services.

  2. kingjoe1 - Jul 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    You can count the Phillies out, they dislike asian and cuban players

    • bleedgreen - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      Jose Contreras and Danys Baez are Cuban. Just saying.

  3. djpostl - Jul 24, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Even after the Kei Igawa disaster I see the Yankees going through the roof for this kid. It’s one way to possibly acquire top notch pitching w/o trading away the farm system in a pitching thin market that is devoid of top tier free agent arms next off-season.

    • banksatdixie - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

      I would expect the Yankees to go harder after CJ Wilson than Darvish. He may only be 24 years old, but there are a shit-ton of innings on his arm. Wilson is a more proven commodity.

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