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We’re all waiting on Yu (Darvish)

Nov 25, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

yu darvish in nippon uniform

While the season is ripe for Japanese players to be posted, no one has heard yet whether Yu Darvish is becoming available. The Nippon Ham Fighters have yet to inform teams of his status.

Expectations are that the Fighters will let Darvish go if he makes the request. According to’s Jon Paul Morosi, a source with close knowledge of Darvish’s thinking said Friday that it remains “more likely than not” that Darvish will pitch in the US in 2012. However, the source said there’s currently no timetable for a decision.

A Darvish acquisition would likely require a bigger commitment than what will be given to any free agent starter this winter. It’s unlikely the posting fee would top Boston’s $51,111,111 bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka, but it can’t be ruled out, and Darvish would likely want at least $10 million annually for his services.

Davish, a 25-year-old right-hander, went 18-7 with a career-best 1.44 ERA and a 276/36 K/BB ratio in 232 innings for Nippon Ham last season. It was the fifth consecutive season that he finished with an ERA under 2.00.

  1. cup0pizza - Nov 25, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    He’ll be over here, and he’ll be good. Really good.

  2. ricofoy - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Dude looks like a lady.

    • jimbo1949 - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      Stephen Tyler, ladies and gentlemen.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Nov 25, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    We’re just waiting on Yoko. Guess how that’s going to turn out. If you somehow have Yu Darvish on your reserve list waiting for him to get posted, prepare to wait another year.

  4. hushbrother - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    As a Red Sox fan I enthusiastically encourage the other AL East teams to pursue as many highly touted Japanese pitchers as possible

  5. papacrick - Nov 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    I thought that was a hot chick before I clicked on the article.

  6. Topher - Nov 26, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    You mean that is NOT Brooke Burke?!?

  7. tastybasslines - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    10 bucks says he fails in the major leagues.

    DiceK = Fail
    Fukudome = Fail
    Nyishioka = Fail

    The Japanese leagues are probably closer to the minor leagues here.

    • JBerardi - Nov 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

      Ichiro = Win
      Matsui = Win
      Hiroki Kuroda = Win

      The Japanese leagues aren’t equivalent to the major leagues, but they’re superior to any level of the minors, or any other league in the world for that matter.

      • tastybasslines - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:50 AM

        If the Jap leagues are better than the minors, but not as good as the majors – then why do these team dole out so much money for their rights? I don’t get it…I think they are more likely to fail than succeed.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:27 PM

      I don’t think you can write of Nishioka just yet. He broke his leg early in the year and I think that messed with him. With less than one year of results it is too early to play the fail card on him.

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