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Yu Darvish winner might not be revealed until next week

Dec 15, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters were presented with the winning bid in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes on Wednesday. But it could be another several days before they reveal that information to the world.

According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the Fighters have until next Tuesday to accept the bid and reveal the winning team, and they’re likely to use that entire period of time. So unless there’s a leak, we’ll continue to play the waiting game.

Indications are that the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rangers and Cubs made bids for the 25-year-old Japanese right-hander and that the Rays, Angels, Twins, Orioles, Red Sox, Reds, Marlins, Mets, Giants and Athletics did not. As for the other 16 major league teams — well, we just don’t know.

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

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    Reports are that the BJs blew everyone away. (Sorry about that, Torontonians.) Could make for a great four-team race next year! (Sorry about that, Baltimorians.)

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      The Jays have said nothing Ari, but obviously have made a bid. They do not expect to hear anything until the 20th.

    • jwbiii - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      The Blue Jays are everyone’s favorites.

    • bozosforall - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Really? Usually it’s the Red Sox who blow everybody.

  2. theonlynolan - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Wow that K/BB ratio is very Ben Sheets circa 2004. His criminally underrated ’04 season is one of the best ever by a “losing” pitcher. That was the year he went 12-14 and it finally dawned on me that W/L records are meaningless as individual statistics.

  3. Lukehart80 - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Drew, what year were you counting MLB teams in? I’m not sure your math adds up.

    Living in Chicago, I’d be happy to see the Cubs land him so I can go see him pitch in-person. Of course, that’s assuming my beloved Indians didn’t win the bidding (laughs hysterically).

    • Drew Silva - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:24 PM

      Oops. Thanks for the heads-up.

  4. Ben - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Boooring. Between Pujols and Braun it’s been an intense week or so of baseball news, and now I’m coming down off my high and need another fix. Dunno if I can wait a week..

    • Ari Collins - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      And who knows when Fielder will sign. After that, it’s down to guys you might want on your team but wouldn’t be, like, huge news (Jackson, Beltran, Rollins, etcetera).

      Maybe Shields will get traded, or something.

  5. cur68 - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Next Tuesday? but, but, but…I’m having eye surgery early on Tuesday morning…I’ll be effectively blind for days after…DAMNIT! I need to know if the Beavermen get Darvish before Tuesday…Drew ya gotta call in those favours, stool those pigeons, tap those leaks, put that ear to the ground man! Get me that information by Monday night…if not sooner. I’ll keep an eye out for it…

    • CJ - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:12 PM

      Tuesday comes early in Japan, just check before you leave, you’ll be good.

  6. eshine76 - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Can someone please explain why the hold up? If it really goes to the highest bidder, can’t they just enter in the team names and their bid amount in Excel and sort? Seems pretty easy. What else goes into a bid?

    • jwbiii - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:27 AM

      After the NPB player is posted, MLB teams have four business days to decide whether and how much to bid. Then the NPB team has four business days to decide whether to accept the bid. Then the MLB team and the player have 30 days to agree to a contract.

  7. spytdi - Dec 15, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    They give the winning bidder the oppurtunity to work out a contract…if not, then it most likely falls to the next bidder and so on.

    • jwbiii - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:09 AM

      No, if the winning bidder and the player cannot come to an agreement, it’s over. Last year, the A’s won the bidding for Hisashi Iwakuma but were unable to agree on a contract. He says he will be posted again this year after some more pitchers – he mentions Darvish, Kuroda, and Oswalt – are signed. He has arrived or will arrive soon in Los Angeles to meet with his U.S. agent.

      This document is from 2000, but it fits the pattern of all the posting negotiations I have heard of. Paragraphs 8 through 13 cover the posting process.

      This seems to set up the opportunity to allow a team to make a high bid and a low contract offer to block a rival. Chairman Bud can award the NPB player to the next highest bidder, with the approval of the NPB club, if he thinks there are any such shenanigans involved. I’m sure all the parties involved feel so much better knowing this.

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