Rumor: Yu Darvish to be posted Thursday

Mark Buehrle is off the market, but Yu Darvish has finally landed on it.

The 25-year-old Japanese righty will be posted tomorrow, according to his agent Don Nomura and confirmed by Davish’s own blog. This puts an end to weeks of will he or won’t he come to America speculation.

Once the posting starts, MLB teams will have four days to make a blind bid. Darvish’s team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, then has to decide to accept the bid. The winning team then has a 30-day exclusive window to work out a contract with Darvish. If a agreement cannot be made Darvish goes back to Japan and the winning team doesn’t have to pay the posting fee. The posting fee doesn’t count toward a MLB team’s payroll for luxury tax purposes.

The Yankees have scouted Darvish for years and will almost certainly put in a bid. The question will be how aggressive their bid will be as they have downplayed their interest in him this offseason. That could be just a ploy to keep other teams from thinking they have to outbid them.

The new collective bargaining agreement will severely limit the Yankees ability to spend on the international free agent market starting this July. So they could see this as their last opportunity to use their money to take advantage of the international market and go big in their attempt to land Darvish. However, that is pure speculation.

It is impossible to say what the final big will be that it takes to land Darvish. For reference, the Red Sox won the rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka with a $51.1 million bid.

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11 Responses to Rumor: Yu Darvish to be posted Thursday

  1. Robert Mackenzie says:

    Oh boy,

  2. Robert Mackenzie says:

    Oh boy, I hope hope hope the Yankees win this bid!!! I want Yu in pinstripes!!!

  3. ATLNYYfan says:

    The Yankees need a #2 starter and have been scouting this kid for years. They also won the posting for Nakajima, which surprised most people. Hmmm. Anyone else connecting some dots here?? They get Nakajima to make Yu feel more at home if they win his posting….if not, they can either keep Naka as a utility INF and use Nunez as a trade chip or trade the rights to negotiate with Naka. It's a good move by Cash.

    • Bronx_Knight says:

      interesting point. If that was really Cashman's thought process, then that was pretty clever

  4. David K. says:

    We should take a chance and go for Yu Darvish. But we also need a smart backup plan in case he implodes.

  5. Fred says:

    Well considering every other half decent starter is off the market, I sure hope we put some serious money into Darvish.

    We're not winning a World Series with the rotation as is.

  6. Gonzalo says:

    Rob do you really think that Cashman isn't interested in Oswalt or Kuroda and the bid for Darvish won't be strong enough?
    If that's the case omg what are his expectations.

    • I think they really aren't interested in Oswalt because of his back problems. The Yankees seem very wary of back issues lately (see Aceves).

      They are probably interested in both Kuroda and Darvish. They just don't want to pay Kuroda three times what they will end up paying Garcia.

      As far as Darvish, I don't believe a word of what they say on him. It is to their great benefit if other teams think they aren't interested in him otherwise it would drive the bidding way up. By playing coy they can maybe trick other teams into bidding less thinking they won't be involved. At least, that's what I hope.

  7. Gator says:

    Well they have no other choice now, they must sign Yu because theres no one worth anything left on the open market. Besides, Cashman is too busy repelling, and sleeping on the streets to work out a trade.

  8. John says:

    great point Rob but f we can figure out that Cashman may be sandbagging maybe the other GMs have too and will bid up anyway.
    Just not sure about giving this guy $100mil.
    But its not my money.
    he does look to have a big frame unlike some other Japanese pitchers.
    That may help him be more durable in the long run.

  9. wiljaq says:

    Yes, I hope that Cash is just not wanting to show his cards on the Darvish matter. And why should he? In this auction everyone player (MLB teams) will be trying to figure out what the highest bidder will be, and the Yankees will be the 007 at the gambling table. Hey Yu Darvish is worth the big time money risk, he's 6-5, 25-years old, throws in the mid-90's, has several other pitches in his tool box, and he won't cost a 1st Round Draft Choice like signing a "A" free agent pitcher would, or cost Montereo (please no) or any of the Bombers young minor league pitchers as would need to be given fin a trade for a blue chip MLB pitcher (like Oakland's Gio Gonzalaz). Hey, I've been following Yu Darish for the last 2 years, and I'm just hoping that by April he's wearing pinstripes and turns out to be a 2nd ace to CC Sabathia.

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