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Yu Darvish’s posting may be delayed by his divorce

Nov 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

darvish presser AP

There has been no small amount of skepticism as to whether Yu Darvish would actually be posted to play in the United States for 2012.  The reasons for this were kind of vague, but we have a better sense of it now.  Seems he’s getting divorced from his actress wife.

This matters because Darvish only made $4.2 million last year.  If he gets his divorce finalized before he’s posted, his settlement with his wife will probably be based on figures way more like that $4.2 million than they would if it’s finalized after he gets, say, a $60 million contract from a Major League team.

Upshot: if he can’t settle with the missus, he may stay in Japan. Which would upset all the Yankees fanboys who think he’s going to New York.

  1. garryfish - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Stop! He is not going to the Yankees. Cashman will not waste that kind of money.

    • davemac32001 - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      I was just about to disagree, but then I thought… wait… garryfish must be right… when was the last time the Yankees spent big on free agents? They just don’t operate that way. No way will Cashman waste that kind of money! Garryfish is brilliant!

    • ptbakery - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

      Why waste that kind of money when there are players like Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, and Sidney Ponson (I could go on and on) who are willing to cash a check with that famous Yankee logo.

    • henryd3rd - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

      One name! Kei Igawa! Nuff said!

  2. cur68 - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Kid looks like he’s 12, what’s he even doing married, let alone divorcing already?

  3. ramrene - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Not a Yankee fan but Cashman SHOULD spend that kinda of money on this kid. He’s the best that has ever come out of Japan… better than Nomo, Dice-K, Kuroda, you name him… Darvish is better and much younger too. Whoever gets the kid will not regret it.

  4. yankeesgameday - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    I’m not overly hit and bothered by darvish. Give me buerhle instead

  5. mianfr - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Red flag…

    Not so sure I’m interested in having him on the Yankees anymore.

    He could have been young and just made a mistake, but it’s more likely that seems to hint that he could be a tad wild.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    BTW, speaking of Yankees- this is why Derek Jeter is going to the Hall of Fame. He’s not stupid enough to get married!!! I have some news for you, Yu, you don’t have to marry attresses to bang them- you’re a professional athelete!

    • djpostl - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      Amen. The one thing nobody ever bothered to give him credit for. Kid’s wicked smahht.

  7. djdvd - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Why would they do that Craig when they could dwindle the braves out of a good player for Eduardo Nunez?

  8. canowack - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    love that last little paragraph….Hahahaha

  9. philsieg - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    So you link to an article that has a pic of Darvish and his scruffy chin shrubbery instead of his actress wife? What the hell’s the matter with you?

  10. henryd3rd - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Its cheaper to keep her! Never loose your head over a piece of tail. Why buy the cow when the milk is free? Love the one you are with. No way that dude sign a huge contract and then have to split it with his ex.

  11. cup0pizza - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Darvish definitely isn’t a typical Cashman/Yankees conquest. Darvish is actually good.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      Yeah, the Yankees usually win 95 or so games by signing shit-ass players!

  12. paul621 - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    If I’m Mrs. Darvish, I’m in no hurry to wrap this up.

    • davemac32001 - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      If you’re Mrs. Darvish Paul, Yu is in for big trouble!

      • paul621 - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:17 PM

        That’s why he filed for divorce. Something about “false advertising.”

  13. djpostl - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    From everything I have read (coming from people who have actually scouted him) this kid is a different beast. My guess is the Yankees will go hard after him if he posts, simply because he is better than anything on the market.

    As always Mr. Yankee hater, that doesn’t guarantee they’ll get him (kind of the whole point behind a silent auction ya know) but they will be in the mix. At the very least, they’ll force somebodies hand into overpaying like a mother f***er for him.

    Which is in the end a win in its own right.

    • davemac32001 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:11 AM

      From 1994 to 1996 there was no more famous player – no more amazing pitcher – nobody with a more amazing fastball (98mph) or devastating breaking ball – in all Japan than the 24 year old Hideki Irabu (God rest his soul). He was going to be amazing. The MLB world went nuts and George brought him to the bronx. How did that work out?

      • dan1111 - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        Does this prove that no Japanese pitcher can ever be good? Of course not. It just shows that there is risk involved, as with any potential major league player. The Yankees and everyone else are well aware of this risk.

  14. randygnyc - Nov 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Darvish is the most famous athlete in Japan. Bigger than matsui and ichiro. Not suprising he married a famous actress. Also, not a suprise that his marriage failed being as young and famous as he is. Dont think it reflects poorly on his character. Btw, the NY sports paper reported this divorce/delay info last month. Anyway, Darvish is supposedly the real deal. Yankees should sign him up along with the Cuban stud, Cepadis.

    • mianfr - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:34 PM

      It’s just a big transition… New country, new language, no wife, lots of money, and all eyes on you… There are many factors.

  15. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Craig, if there’s an excuse for running the picture of Darvish instead of his wife I’d certainly want to hear it.

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