It’s looking more and more like the Yankees haven’t won the bidding for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. While the official bid hasn’t been revealed yet, the Toronto Blue Jays are thought to have made a bid of at least $40 million and as high as $50 million, either is expected to be more than what the Yankees bid, according to George King of the NY Post.
This doesn’t mean to give up hope that there is still a chance, but the Yankees have left the impression that they made a last minute, low-ball offer and nothing more. Time to move on. White Sox pitcher John Danks is still expected to be traded and there is free agent Hiroki Kuroda. The Athletics Gio Gonzalez is another longshot trade target.
The news of who landed Darvish can come anytime between now and Tuesday, the Nippon Ham Fighters’ deadline for accepting or rejecting the highest bid.