Yu Darvish Posting: Are the New York Yankees in or Out?
The New York Yankees have won the negotiating rights to a seven-time NPB All-Star, but perhaps the wrong one. Hiroyuki Nakajima, a shortstop by trade, cost New York just $2.5 million on the winning bid in the posting process. Now, however, New York is likely as not to trade him. With Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez already in place, they have little use for a third shortstop.
If they are willing to throw their weight around when it comes to Nakajima, though, they should be willing to bid big bucks on the likes of Darvish. He is a special talent, a potential top-tier rotation head, and both his stuff and his delivery are more American than most high-profile Japanese imports.
Reports suggest, though, that New York took a measured middle course in their approach to Darvish. Their bid was "modest," according to Jon Heyman. It doesn't sound like they were willing to compete with the big bids expected of both the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, but one has to wonder why not.
General Manager Brian Cashman clearly has faith in both Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes. Still, those two go alongside CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova in the Yankees' starting rotation at the moment. One has to imagine the Yanks would like to do better. Darvish doesn't seem to be en route. Is a trade on the horizon?
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