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Runner-up Blue Jays bid more than $50 million for Yu Darvish

Dec 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Texas secured exclusive negotiating rights to Yu Darvish with a $51.7 million bid and apparently Toronto finished runner-up for the Japanese ace, as Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Blue Jays submitted a bid in excess of $50 million.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos predictably declined to give any details about the Blue Jays’ pursuit of Darvish, but given how many sources expected them to land him the fact that their bid topped $50 million makes sense.

Texas’ bid of $51.7 million establishes a new recording for the posting process, topping the $51.1 million bid by Boston for Daisuke Matsuzaka. And whichever Rangers staffer came to the conclusion that $51.7 million was the right number–as opposed to, say, $50 million or $51.2 million–did a pretty great job if the Blue Jays’ bid was truly above $50 million.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    So much money for so much uncertainty. Where does the posting money even come from, in terms of an MLB budget? Can’t be payroll.

    • sknut - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      Is it possible that since we have been hearing about him for a few years that teams tried to store away some money for a chance to get Darvish?

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    I wrote about this story yesterday. Griffin does not name his source, but he is usually a reliable reporter.

  3. rjakola - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    News Bull-itin:

    Jays reveal they mistakenly bid Yu Darvish in $Canadian, losing by 3% exchange. Paul Beeston buys new calculator.

    Rojak

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      Now if the posting had occurred in July, it would have been the Rangers screwed by the exchange rate…

  4. derekjetersmansion - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    I’m confused by the Jays here. It was what, another $200K for Yu Darvish? No change in the couch cushions?

  5. romoscollarbone - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    It’s a blind bid. They bid 51.2 million. If they were willing to go that far I’m sure they would’ve tossed in another couple hundred thousand but that’s not an available option. They thought 50+mil would get the job done.

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