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Yu Darvish says he hasn’t decided on move to MLB

Oct 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

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Most signs point to Japanese ace Yu Darvish making the jump from Nippon Professional Baseball to Major League Baseball at some point this winter.

But to hear the right-hander tell it, on a personal blog no less, he has not completely made up his mind.

And probably won’t for a couple more weeks.

From Patrick Newman of the invaluable NPB Tracker comes this translation of a Darvish-penned blog post, dated October 19, 2011:

Articles saying “Confirmed: Darvish to the Majors!” have been appearing since yesterday.

As I mentioned on Twitter

Nothing is decided!!

I haven’t decided anything for myself so nothing can be confirmed.(^_^;)

It was an article from the Kyodo News, but what did they base their writing on?

You can say this is freedom of press, but with freedom comes responsibility.

I want a press that takes responsibility.

Every year, when I haven’t decided anything, they write “Majors this, Majors that”, but then when I don’t go they just make up excuses.

How did they write lies and escape responsibility?

Well, after the entire schedule is over, I will carefully think it over!

As soon as I decide I will let everyone know(^^)v

In other words, there will be no concrete decision until after the NPB schedule has concluded (at the end of this month). And even then, the 25-year-old emoticon aficionado still has some pros and cons to weigh.

We’d guess that Darvish will eventually chase the big bucks that will be available to him on this year’s shallow major-league free agent pitching market. The Blue Jays, Rangers, Yankees and others have already done quite a bit of advanced scouting and are surely preparing bids. But there are no definites yet.

Darvish, a 6-foot-5 starter from Osaka, entered the 2011 season with a 1.81 career ERA and 9.2 career K/9 in Japan’s top league. He’s been just as good this year, even improving that already-lofty strikeout rate.

  1. natstowngreg - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    A Japanese jock who is as naive about the press as many American jocks. And many American non-jocks, for that matter. Oh, and many Canadians, too; don’t want to leave out our friends in Beaver Land.

    Hope he doesn’t think it’s going to be any different over here.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    The president of the Jays has said that he will make sure that the owners of the team are well informed about Darvish. The GM of the Jays has personally scouted Darvish. So yes! The Jays are interested.

    • uyf1950 - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      …but are they interested to the tune of approximately $85 to $100M (posting fee and contract) that it may take to sign him?

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2011 at 7:46 PM

        Stay tuned.

  3. pisano - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    For the good of all the teams, please stay where you are, we’ve had enough failures from Asia.

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