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Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters “definitely” plan to accept high bid for Yu Darvish

Dec 19, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

darvish presser AP

Just a quick mini-update while we patiently (or anxiously, depending upon your fandom) wait to learn who had the top bid for Yu Darvish.

No big news yet, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid.

Hardly a shocker, as Franz Lidz of SI.com reported over the weekend that the posting fee is expected to top the record $51,111,111 sum that the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights with right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka back in November of 2006.

An official announcement is expected at some point tonight (U.S. time), but Knobler hears that it might not happen for another three hours or so. Stay tuned.

  1. Jonny 5 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Why would someone want to leave a team called the Ham Fighters? Seriously though. Can’t we let them into the MLB?”

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:34 PM

      Nippon-Ham is the name of the company that owns the team, so think:

      Nippon-Ham Fighters
      Rogers Communication BlueJays

      • Maxa - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:37 PM

        The Jays really are articulate, though.

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:43 PM

        Blue Jays are known for their imitation of other birds and animals. Frankly I’ve heard them imitating cats, squirrels and owls. Not a bad articulation and communicatory repertoire.
        As for “Ham-Fighters”, I’m with Jonny 5; this team name deserves to be in MLB. I envision a logo of a warthog with a big red slash through it. I’d go see a Ham-Fighter do anything.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:43 PM

        COPO, You aren’t going to ruin this for me dude, Ham is one of my favorite foods. I dream of fighting hams myself, then eating them in victory. They are the Ham Fighters. (now plugging ears yelling La- La-La)

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

        Cur, Funny a person’s perception of things isn’t it? I envision a bone in glazed Ham getting spiral cut by a man with a samurai sword. I just began to drool. Huh?

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:04 PM

        You need a big meal J5. Then you’ll see a vendetta against warthogs.

  2. lewp - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    This would be an excellent Christmas present under the Rangers’ tree!

    • lostsok - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      Yeah…I guess. If the idea is to buy YOURSELF a present…and spent a hundred million dollars.

  3. djdvd - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Thank you Yankees for not giving your fans Kei Igawa part 2

    • hammyofdoom - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:42 PM

      Yu Darvish certainly isn’t a sure thing, but even going off of body type and “stuff”, he is not even the slightest bit comparable to Kei except of his race which really isn’t fair to him.

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:46 PM

        Not even ethnicity, really: Darvish is half Iranian. He is in no way, shape, or form like Igawa in build, or pitching style (in any sense: lefty v righty), or numbers. He’s much better. Whoever gets him will probably be pretty happy providing he can adjust to the culture change.

      • JBerardi - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM

        Even if you ARE judging them on race (which would be stupid), Darvish is half Iranian.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:46 PM

      They have about as much in common as Pedro Martinez does with Pedro Feliciano.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:49 PM

        That’s funny….Lol!

    • djdvd - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:09 AM

      It’s overpaying for a pitcher who hasn’t thrown a single pitch in the majors, you dolts. But please, don’t pass up a chance to play internet PC police.

  4. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 19, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    I guess one of the major calculations that go into something like this is how much does it cost to generate a comparable talent in house. First time against Big League hitters will be similar for the Jays as it might be for a groom before on his wedding night (in the old days.)

  5. spudchukar - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    For the record: Darvish (Dervish) is a Farsi word that indicates one who is a member of a religious order. Like a Monk. Most likely he was raised with both Buddhist and Sufi religious influences. Hope he goes to Texas for the irony, but Toronto is probably a more tolerant fit.

  6. lostsok - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I still don’t understand the logic in the Spam Fighters waiting until the deadline to announce. That seems like a pointlessly dickish move. A “we can make everyone wait for a week, so we’re going to…” Is there really a time-consuming issue here? I assume it was set as a week originally as communication options were more limited when the posting method was designed. Also, if they were going to review each option to chose the best fit for Yu, or perhaps the team he’s most likely sign with to ensure they get the posting fee, regardless of whether it was the highest, that might make sense.

    BUT…they’ve made it clear from the start. They were taking the highest bid, period. So…why the wait? Again, it just seems like they’re doing it for no other reason than because they can.

    Kinda makes it clear why Yu wants to get the heck out of his own counties league. Players are still chattel there.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      They don’t get an option to review bids. The commissioner’s office tells them the highest bid amount, period. If they accept, the team that placed the highest bid gets 30 days to negotiate a contract. If the contract is accepted, the negotiating team cuts a check for the full amount right then and there.

  7. henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    Ron Washington’s life just got a lot more complicated. He’s damned if he wins and he’s damned if he looses. He may want to renegotiate his contract and make sure he’s making Joe Girardi or Charlie Manuel type money; because the pressure on him is going to be just as intense as what they experience.

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