Rumor: Yankees Prefer Yu Darvish to C.J. Wilson

We heard the other day that the Yankees are likely to be quiet when it comes to free agent shopping this offseason, but Joel Sherman of the NY Post is reporting that if the Yankees do make a splash  they prefer Japanese starter Yu Darvish over Texas lefty C.J. Wilson.

Even though they favor Darvish, Sherman gets the impression from the Yankees that they won’t be aggressive in bidding on him. Texas, Toronto, and Washington are identified as three teams that could be more seriously interested.

As for Wilson, one Yankees official told Sherman that the Yankees see him as more of a three or four starter on a championship team than a front end guy. Their biggest fear is that he does not command the strike zone well enough and there is also some concern that his time as a reliever was stressful on his arm.

Unlike they did with Kei Igawa, the Yankees have done their homework when it comes to Darvish. They have been scouting him for some time now. Darvish is young, throws hard, and compares favorably to any pitcher who has ever come over from Japan, however the Yankees have been burned badly on their last two international signings when it comes to pitchers (Jose Contreras being the other) and are understandbly shy. It sounds like they will bid conservatively and hope they get lucky.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees Prefer Yu Darvish to C.J. Wilson

  1. sls says:

    sure looks like he's a righty in the pic notwithstanding last para of text

  2. Marc Perez says:

    Forget Darvish and Wilson. Spend a conservative amount and sign Kuroda to a one year deal with an option.

  3. David K. says:

    Yeah, isn't he supposed to be a lefty? I guess not. I've heard very good reports on him but have never seen him throw. If they have the money and have good reports on him, why not roll the dice? Orlando Hernandez was an international signing that worked out for us.

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    You may indeed have seen him throw, if you were paying attention during the last World Baseball Classic…

  5. LOU says:

    THE YANKEES NEED HITTERS WHO CAN HIT IN THE PLAYOFFS …BUMBS LIKE A ROD WHO CARES ABOUT WOMEN MORE THEN BASEBALL, TEX 249 BATTING AVERAGE HE IS GETTING WORSE EVERYEAR, AND SWISHER FORGET IT A TOTAL BUM IN THE PLAYOFFS…..CANO THE BEST HITTER PERIOD….AND GIVING JETER 3 YEAR CONTRACT TOTAL JOKE…..THERE PITCHING WAS GREAT HIS YEAR …