Rumor: Yankees placed low-ball bid for Darvish

The Yankees might as well have not even bid on Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.

The Yankees bid was for less than $20 million, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. That didn’t even come anywhere close to the record setting bid of $51.7 million that the Rangers needed to land him.

It seemed like a natural fit as the Yankees could sign a young pitcher with elite potential without surrendering any prospects. They played down their interest all offseason, but after scouting him for at least the past two years it seemed as if they might be just trying to keep the bidding low.

This is all part of a plan to get payroll to under $189 million by 2014 when the new CBA raises the luxury tax from 40 to 50 percent. Even considering that the posting fee doesn’t count toward for luxury tax purposes, he will probably land a long-term deal, five or six years, worth as much as $15 million or more per season.

It’s disappointing to see them essentially sit this one out as well, but if they are serious about an $189 million payroll, that type of a risk just doesn’t fit within the plan.

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7 Responses to Rumor: Yankees placed low-ball bid for Darvish

  1. David K. says:

    If we hadn't done the A-Rod mega deal, we might have gone after this guy harder. If the Yankees are serious about trimming payroll, then they have to avoid the really stupid super contracts. (yes, I know we won it all in 2009 with A-Rod) It might turn out to be a blessing in disguise that we weren't able to sign Cliff Lee. That would have hamstrung us even more.

  2. John says:

    I get it they are sick of paying the turds of the league revenue sharing money that they stockpile-you Marlins-. Or just pocket-royals,pirates. But I dont want to end up watching the 95 Indians. All hitting no pitching. What do you think Rob, are they going to do anything at all?

  3. NYYFanInTheATL says:

    "Pitching pitching pitching"!!

    BUT…..we don't want a one year deal for a guy like Kuroda or Oswalt. OH, and we don't want to trade any of our good prospects for Gio or Danks. OH, and we don't want to spend on a huge posting fee for the best Japanese player on earth either.

    Ok then Mr Cashman…..what the FKUC are you going to do to ensure the staff is upgraded then?????????? Are you planning on kidnapping someone?

    • Susan says:

      Amen to that NNYFan. I'm seething with rage over the incompetent boobism in that front office these days. For their sake these "prospects" better turn out to really be something or we're in some deep shit. Personally, I wish the two Steinbrenners would sale the team now that George is gone. I think Hank would be more like his father and spend the money but Hal the Dipshit doesn't want to spend a dime. George would be disgusted.

  4. John says:

    Cashmam may have to kidnap someone.

  5. hotdog says:

    The Yankees on a budget. Say it ain't so!

  6. Mike Sommer says:

    How high do you want the payroll to go? Here are some facts. Ten players take up $161.25 million of the 2012 payroll. TEN. If Hal & Co. want to keep the payroll for 2012 between $200 and $205 million, that means $39-$44 million for the REST OF THE ROSTER. Meaning very little moves, and whatever moves there will be will be cheap moves. It's easy to say increase the payroll when it isn't your money and you aren't paying the luxury tax. Not to mention that Hal & Co. would like to get that payroll DOWN because of the $189 million and the increase of the payroll tax from 40% to 50%. The Yanks are top-heavy. Meaning lots of money for 10 superstars, then its bargain basement or prospect time.