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Report: Winning bid for Yu Darvish around $48 million

Dec 17, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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We won’t know anything official until next week, but Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes that reports in Japan indicate that the winning bid for Yu Darvish came in around $48 million.

If the $48 million figure proves accurate, it would fall just under the record $51,111,111 sum the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights with Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006. They ended up agreeing to a six-year, $52 million contract.

George A. King III of the New York Post reported yesterday that the Blue Jays have the highest bid for Darvish, checking in somewhere between $40-50 million. We’ll have to wait to find out if that’s the case, but the winning team would have 30 days to work out a contract. The 25-year-old right-hander is reportedly seeking a five-year, $75 million deal, which could push the total investment over $120 million for an MLB team.

  1. natstowngreg - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Is that 48 million U.S. or Canadian dollars?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      US

      • mashoaf - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

        That’s a lot of Loonies.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    If it was the Jays, they had informed the board of their parent company of their interest well in advance. The Board of Rogers had to approve the bid given the dollar amount. The New York Post article falsely implied that the Board had ordered the Jays to make the bid. I realize that I am splitting hairs on the semantics here, but if the Jays did submit the $48 million bid, it was a baseball decision. The Jays have made comments in the local press indicating that their budget was not limitless, but those comments seem to have been aimed at Boras who appeared to be implying that the Jays were very interested in Fielder.

    • cur68 - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      Looks like Darvish wants 15 mil/year, PC. Think the Jays will go there for a guy who hasn’t thrown a single MLB pitch? Having looked at him pitching a lot on the internet I think he’s pretty good in relation to his competition but he’s probably not 15 mil good. I think a fair wage is closer to 12mil/year.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        cur68 – it’s kinda funny to make the determination from watching the guy on the internet that he’s worth 12 – but not 15 million – unless, of course you get way more bandwith than I do. this guy is a huge gamble — he’s tall – will he add size? I think the driving factor here is Toronto’s need to change the equation in their division. This was an opportunity to do. While it’s never a good idea to gamble out of need – Toronto had to do something. f they can’t get together on moey at least he won’t be on any of the competition.

      • cur68 - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM

        Sure, I’m guessing and hoping PC, that’s all. Going by the relative talent, he’s lights out against the guys in Japan. Against MLB hitters? I’d guess he falls from18 wins to maybe 12 or 13 if not less. Hence the dollar figure being about the 12mil range. That’s how I’m reasoning at any rate.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM

        it will be interesting to find out. I hope he pans out – the same way I hoped about Strasburg. Makes the game more fun to follow.

  3. mashoaf - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Too bad the A’s didn’t screw everyone around again by posting the highest bid and then not even be willing to pay the guy.

  4. frenchy121212 - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    A high paid executive with an MLB team really believes this guy is worth $24 million per year for 5 years? Really? That’s ridiculous. And no I’ve never seen him pitch. Don’t need to to know he’s not worth that money.

    • stinkinfish - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      They probably figure that they’ll make up part, if not most, of that money in apparel sales here and in Japan. The Sox and the Yanks probably make decent bank from Japan from their initial investments in Dice-K and Matsui, respectively.

      • paperlions - Dec 17, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        Actually, they don’t….what money is made from the international market is split among all 30 teams.

      • geographywiz9 - Dec 17, 2011 at 2:06 PM

        Also the Athletics signed Matsui out of Japan, I believe, not the Yankees. They signed him as a free agent

      • Kevin S. - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:35 PM

        No, the Yankees definitely signed Matsui out of Japan. Last year was the first time he played for the As.

  5. romoscollarbone - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    No the Yanks signed Godzilla as a free agent, he wasn’t posted. Then he joined Oakland this past season via FA.

  6. mashoaf - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Speaking of Yankees, how did that Kei Igawa signing work for them?

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