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.