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Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:38 am
Edited on: December 19, 2011 7:16 pm
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Yu Darvish is so big that there's an announcement of the announcement.

The star Japanese pitcher's agent wrote Monday morning on Twitter that the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will announce late Tuesday morning Japan time (Monday night in North America) whether they have accepted the bid. CBSSports.com has learned that the Fighters have decided to accept the bid, with an announcement planned for early afternoon Japan time (likely around 10 or 11 p.m. ET Monday night).

Once the Fighters officially accept the bid, Major League Baseball will reveal which team made that bid.

While people in baseball have speculated that it is either the Blue Jays or Rangers (with more people saying Rangers on Monday), the actual information has been so tightly held that it can't be sure that the speculation is accurate.

The winning bid is expected to be very high, and could even challenge the record $51.1 million posting fee that the Red Sox paid five years ago for the rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Once the Fighters formally accept the bid, the winning team will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. The posting fee is only paid (by the winning team to the Fighters) once a contract is agreed to.


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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

Problem...Darvish has to accept the bid in 30 days.  Texas a nice place for him to land given all the run support they provide.  But is Nolan Ryan going to pay that kind of money for an unproven commodity?  Japanese pitchers aren't actually posting Allstar or HOF numbers...average numbers with the occaisional above average year and a sporadic Allstar appearance here and there.  Its like no one has paid attention the last 10 years.  With the pitching woes in Boston and NY you would think there would be a huge bidding war.  But alas Boston, NY and the Dodgers have all learned an expensive lesson.  Japanese Pro pitching prospects don't necessarily expropolate into world beaters in MLB.  Dominicans on the other hand seem to do well.  Texas is a run scoring machine but they do need to replace C.J.Wilson and that is easy enough considering who is available and will be cheaper than Darvish.



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

I really have a hard time seeing the point in dropping this kind of cash from the Jays stand point if they aren’t also going to go after Fielder as well, Darvish himself still wouldn’t be enough and after Lawrie there really isn’t much power coming through the system and no real first baseman. For those who are going to point to Cooper; he hardly projects to be a real force at first, he’s more of a AAAA player. If Halladay never took us to the promise land without the hitting to back him I dont see Darvish doing it.




Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

Looks like its texas won.I was hoping Toronto won the rights to trying to sign him.



Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

Have to agree with some who have mentioned beware of Japanes pitchers. Thinking back to Hideki Irabu, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Hideo Nomo, by and large they have great success the first two years, but then like Farrah Fawcett, hair today gone tomorrow. Personally think the Los Angeles Dodgers benifited the most, his flamboyant wind up and delivery early success had the turnstiles rotating non-stop at Chavez Ravine, of course attendance at that time was never an issue, the Dodgers paid a pittance compared to the fees for the other three,so beware spending 50 million for a couple of seasons , salary not included, on Yu Darvish!



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

It would be nice to see Yu in Toronto. Much better option tham Fielder. Jays need pitching rather thnm hitting.

One point though. This is not Rogers reaching into the Japanese market in Japan. Rogers don't do any business in Japan. They're too busy ripping off people in Canada. The only tie in with Japan is the Japanese in Canada. This has more to do with providing content for Sportsnet (TV network).

Another point is that Rogers have owned the Jays for a number of years. So, even though they are the wealthiest owners in baseball (until Cuban), why do people think they've suddenly changed strategy?

Don't get me wong. I'd love for them to spend the dough but I need to see something more before I get excited.


I hate seeing a Jays fan so unfamiliar with his own team.

First, Fielder (not taking any contracts or posting fees into consideration) is far more needed than a pitcher. The Jays don't have anyone that can protect Bautista. Lind is flat out HORRENDOUS!! There probably isn't a bat that can be had in trade that can compare to Fielder's and there certainly isn't one on the FA market. On the flip side if the Jays missed on Darvish there are tons of pitcher sout there teams are looking to unload. The cost will be a lot of prospects but they're there. 40+ HR hitters are not. Also, the Jays have a ton of pitching coming through the ranks and will be flush with uber talented pitchers very very soon. They have no monster bats coming up and NONE at first base. Cooper is a light hitting first bagger and you can't have that in the AL East.



Second, This could be Rogers delving in to the Janpanese market. But not in the way you are talking about. Rogers can sell advertising to the Japanese. If Yu Darvish comes expect tons of new signage around Rogers Centre in Japanese.


Third, Mark Cuban doesn't have anything to do with whether Rogers is wealthiest owners. Cuban is a single enitity that doesn't have close to the cash Cuban does. Rogers just bought a $37.5% share in MLSEL for just a little under what Cuban total net worth is. There are a couple other owners in the league that would have quite a bit more money than Cuban too if I'm not mistaken.... I think their names are Allen and Lehner.    &nbs
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Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

Whatever happens, he's bound to be a whole lot better (and younger) than aj Burnett - 34 ys old 5 yr 82.5 million contract 5.15 era.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

so stupid to pay $50+million just for his rights and then there is the actual contract.
As it turns out Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn't even worth the price to Boston/

 

 





Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Fighters will accept Darvish bid tonight

It's gonna happen for the Jays. Watch and see people. What a press conference it will be, Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish unveiled to the AL East. Knock Knock...who's there? A NEW AL EAST CHAMPION!!! What a lineup that will be, lost in all this will be the Hottest ball player of the year. Brett Lawrie. I'm just wondering, past CC, what do the Yanks have? Nova, maybe?



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Darvish decision coming tonight

Rob- You can't have everybody (oh wait...that's the Phillies roll now). Then again it could just be me being a bitter Red Sox fan with everybody jumping ship...



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Darvish decision coming tonight

It would be nice to see Yu in Toronto. Much better option tham Fielder. Jays need pitching rather thnm hitting.

One point though. This is not Rogers reaching into the Japanese market in Japan. Rogers don't do any business in Japan. They're too busy ripping off people in Canada. The only tie in with Japan is the Japanese in Canada. This has more to do with providing content for Sportsnet (TV network).

Another point is that Rogers have owned the Jays for a number of years. So, even though they are the wealthiest owners in baseball (until Cuban), why do people think they've suddenly changed strategy?

Don't get me wong. I'd love for them to spend the dough but I need to see something more before I get excited.


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