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Waiting for word on the Yu Darvish bidding…

Dec 14, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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The window for Major League Baseball teams to submit bids on free agent Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish has been closed for over three hours.

We don’t know which club has won the rights to negotiate exclusively with the 6-foot-5 starter, and might not have that information for another few days, but reports are slowly trickling out about which teams did and did not submit bids. So we’ll pass those along as we play the waiting game together.

Darvish, 25, posted an 18-7 record, 1.44 ERA and 276/36 K/BB ratio in 232 innings this past year for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He had a 1.99 career ERA in seven total NPB seasons.

CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler heard from a source Wednesday night that the Fighters front office was “very excited” about the value of the highest bid and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says they fully intend to accept. But the Fighters technically have until next Tuesday night to make an official decision.


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  1. Panda Claus - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    Even the after-bid process is moving at the speed of Selig (that would be opposite of light speed, if that’s even possible).

    • b7p19 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      Dark speed. Though it’s daylight in Japan, so I just don’t know what to think.

  2. paint771 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Come on Jays!

    • dondada10 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      Statistics show that there are quite a few Blue Jays fan on hardballtalk.

  3. majmayhem - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    Maybe if Jeter throws in an autographed baseball, it’ll help the Yanks hookup with Darvish.

    • Panda Claus - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:35 PM

      You’re assuming he doesn’t already have one.

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

      haha who would click “thumbs down” on that joke? Overly sensitive yankee fans? jeez

      • CJ - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM

        nah, just the 12 ladies that read HBT who happen to have autographed Jeter baseballs. I’m sure there’s not a correlation there or anything though.

      • bozosforall - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        Who would laugh at that joke…only jealous Yankee haters. No, make that jealous Yankee haters who won’t even sniff a woman half as hot as Jeter’s worst-looking conquest.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        To me, it sounded like a one-off goof, not some sarcastic jaded hater diatribe. I think you’re proving Meechy right.

  4. pastortodd78 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    I hope the Cubs don’t get the winning bid because it worked out so well the last time Theo won the bid to a Japanese pitcher…

    • mlblogswhotookthegoodnames - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM

      You can’t compare Yu to Dice-K. Yu is way better and last I checked, Dice-K helped Boston win a world series.

  5. yankeesgameday - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    I have a feeling this is where we learn this guy was Cashman’s only off season target. I think you’re going to see a shocking number from the Yankees.

    Do we really think they are going into next year with nova, Hughes, burnett and Garcia?

    • genericcommenter - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:36 PM

      The rumor is that the yankees made a “modest” bid.

    • jwbiii - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      Well, there is that Carsten fellow.

      • Bryz - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

        I wonder how many people will read this and think, “Who?”

    • djpostl - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      Yeah, because those guys killed them with their 97 win season last year. I’d rather go in with them and Betances/Banuelos on the horizon rather than over pay for Wilson (or even Darvish)

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM

        Depending on the money involved, Darvish could be a lot cheaper than Wilson. Assume something similar to Dice K $50M bid and $50M contract, only the second $50M counts against the luxury tax. Now realize that the Sox supposedly vastly overbid for Dice K (rumor is Mets @ #2 were only in for $40M) and the Yanks could save even more money.

      • paperlions - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:18 AM

        There is no way that Darvish doesn’t cost at least $77.5M over 5 seasons. Say the bid is “only” $30M. Is there any way he signs for less than 5 years and $50? He already makes over $6M/year in Japan for a shorter season. I don’t see him coming over here for anything less than a monster raise….if he doesn’t get the deal he wants, he can just try again next year.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      Leave Darvish alone Len!

    • randygnyc - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      I’ve been posting this same sentiment. I’d expect the Yankees bid to be in excess of $60 million. For them, the $110 or so it will take to sign him is a huge bargain, if he pans out, because the posting fee isn’t applied to the luxury tax threshold. Yankees interest was “modest”. That’s not possible. Either they want him, or they don’t. If they decide he’s worth pursuing, knowing what past postings have cost, they’re likely to have gone “all in” since they bothered at all.

  6. whatthehellisansky - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    i got a bad feeling theo epstien is lurking..

    • mlblogswhotookthegoodnames - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM

      That’s a Great feeling for us Cubs fans. Then Fielder, Cespedes, and Soler and we’re ready to compete again.

      • mlblogswhotookthegoodnames - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:12 AM

        Why the thumbs down? Cause you know I’m right?

      • paperlions - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:23 AM

        You think adding an OF who is probably older than he claims (no way to verify ages in Cuba) that has never faced competition above high A level, and a pitcher who has never faced competition above AA level, and a 19 yr old (who is probably a far better prospect than Cespedes) is going to make that big of an immediate impact on that team?

        They have holes all over the place….while adding the talent would be great, it would not make the cubs “ready to compete again”.

      • djpostl - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM

        Lol that shitty ass Cubs team needs a whole lot more than two unproven OF and one unproven starter to come close to competing.

  7. natsattack - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    I thought resigning Sabathia was the Yankees top target

  8. phukyouk - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Its not the Yanks

  9. ikedavisnose - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Damn I REALLY thought the Mets would Gosh Darnit

    P.S. to all that think im stupid, its just in my blood as a New Yorker, we really cant help it

  10. cyanocittacristata - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Theo is the real dark horse here, could be any of the four though.

    I think the yanks might be lower as they don’t have too much room on luxury tax side. If they got rid of Burnett, then yeah, go Darvish. The gift of AJ keeps on giving.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      I think the yanks might be lower as they don’t have too much room on luxury tax side

      The posting fee doesn’t count against the luxury tax. They could easily afford a $10-$12M/year contract with Darvish

      • mlblogswhotookthegoodnames - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:15 AM

        Yes, but rumor has them making a “modest bid”. And other rumors have the top bid as being “sky high”. (cubs)

  11. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    The Jays have to be all in here. With their Bautista-led offense and two new playoff spots after this year, signing Darvish would make them contenders legitimate contenders (or pretty damn close)

    • mlblogswhotookthegoodnames - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:14 AM


    • djpostl - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      One new playoff spot being added lol. Two TOTAL wild cards from the current one in each league.

  12. mlblogswhotookthegoodnames - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    . One executive told Jeff Passan that he believes the Cubs posted the highest bid.

    • majmayhem - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      Maybe the Cubs made the highest bid, but I don’t think Epstein is that dumb. Let’s say things pan out and Darvish is good (not Dice-K), I still don’t really think it make sense for the Cubs to be spending that much yet does it? The entire organization needs an overhaul, that I would think would come through the farm system (then supplemented by free agents). And how long is it going to take them to move up any good prospects? Basically I see them paying a lot of money for a starter that will be gone, by the time the rest of team is ready to compete.

  13. Francisco (FC) - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    I think it’s safe to assume the Dodgers aren’t making a bid…

  14. dracko19 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Detroit submitted a bid

  15. dracko19 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Actually, I have no idea if DET submitted a bid or not. I’m just a fan. But, I’d love to know whether they did or not. So, in this day and age of twitter and irresponsible journalism, here’s hoping some junior news blogger just saw my comment and assumed it was true. He’ll tweet it and some news source will retweet it and then it gets legs. Now it’s out there and the Tigers now have to confirm or deny if they made a bid and I get to find out! Pure genius.

    • canowack - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:51 PM

      The fact that you said that “Detroit submitted a bid” should get you a job with ESPN or something. It seems thats what 75% of these sports writers do anyways is make a guess they feel is good and if they’re wrong they’re wrong…who cares, right?

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