Mere hours remain until we discover the fate of Japanese hurler Yu Darvish, arguably the best player to be posted from Japan since Daisuke Matsuzaka. While nobody knows for sure who will end up winning the rights to negotiate services of the 25-year old, it's a good bet to be one of these 10 teams.
Just a little refresher for those of you who aren't familiar with Darvish. He's been the best pitcher in Japan since he made his debut back in 2005 as an 18-year old. Last year was arguably his best campaign. He won 18 games, posted a career-low 2.95 ERA and struck out a league-high 276 batters in a league-leading 232 innings. He also paced the NPB with six shutouts and 28 games started. He allowed just five runs and for the fourth time in his career and posted a WHIP below 1.00.
As good as the stats are on Darvish, the scouting report is even more glowing.
He features premium velocity, something not exactly seen from most other Japanese pitchers. He tops out at 97 mph and complements his fastball with a cutter, slider, changeup and slurve.
No doubt, he'd be a welcomed addition for any big league team, and on at least 15, he would likely be the team's best starter. Without further ado, let's delve into the teams that could use him the most.