The Texas Rangers have won the bidding for Japanese starter Yu Darvish with a bid of $51.7 million, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
The bid narrowly beats the Red Sox bid of $51.1 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka back in 2006. The Rangers now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish otherwise he will go back to Japan and they will not have to pay the posting fee.
The Yankees were said to have submitted a bid at the last minute, but it fell short of the Rangers record setting bid. They scouted the Japanese star for at least the past two years, but presumably didn’t see him as a front of the rotation starter that warranted a likely $100 million contract including posting fee.
Right now this looks like a bad move for the Yankees because they failed to capitalize on a unique opportunity to bid on a extraordinary talent. However, they may look smart in the end if he is a bust or is slow to adapt to the majors leagues.
Now that the Yankees have missed out on Darvish, take a look at the 10 pitchers left to target here.
What do you think? Did the Yankees miss a great opportunity or are they playing it smart?