The bidding for Yu Darvish is final and as we wait up to four days for his team to accept or deny the high bid we are hearing some rumors trickle in.
The latest is that the Yankees have placed a bid, but it is thought to only be a modest amount that isn’t likely to win, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. We don’t know exactly what that means, but Heyman added that there was at least one bid that was north of $50 million.
If the Yankees were uncomfortable bidding over $50 million it is hard to fault them, but if they didn’t at least put a bid in the $30-$45 million range then they have let the Kei Igawa debacle blind them. It just doesn’t make sense that they wouldn’t bid aggressively for such a young pitcher, still 25, while they are going after a much older Japanese pitcher in Hiroki Kuroda at the same time. If Igawa scares them away from one, shouldn’t he scare them away from another?
Anyway, these are just rumors. We won’t know anything for certain until the final bid is revealed and Brian Cashman addresses this entire process afterward. Seems like an odd offseason for a team supposedly looking to improve their rotation.