Yu Darvish Rumors: Buckle Up for a Long Ride
The Nippon Ham Fighters aren't likely to publicly accept a bid for the negotiating rights to Yu Darvish much before the deadline to do so next Tuesday, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. The identity of the winning team (and even the amount of their bid) should leak out long before then, but clearly, the Japanese club is taking its time here.
The waiting is the hardest part, or so they say, but in the meantime, let's delineate a bit:
|Did Not Bid||Not Expected to Bid||Expected to Bid||Bid, Long Shot||Bid, Major Player|
|Baltimore Orioles||Arizona Diamondbacks||Detroit Tigers||Chicago Cubs||Texas Rangers|
|Boston Red Sox||Atlanta Braves||Philadelphia Phillies||New York Yankees||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Cincinnati Reds||Chicago White Sox||Seattle Mariners|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||Cleveland Indians||Washington Nationals|
|Miami Marlins||Colorado Rockies|
|Minnesota Twins||Houston Astros|
|New York Mets||Kansas City Royals|
|Oakland Athletics||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|San Francisco Giants||Milwaukee Brewers|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|San Diego Padres|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
The Tigers and Phillies should bid, but don't need Darvish that badly. They also have very high payrolls already, so they may not even get involved. The Yankees placed a bid, but it's probably too modest to beat the field. The Cubs are a long shot, more likely to spend on bargain-bin assets this winter than take a flying leap into this kind of market.
It could come down to the Jays and Rangers, the former hoping to follow the schematic the latter wrote on how to build a contender in a large middle-market environment. The Nationals are the most interesting and feasible team no one is talking about when it comes to Darvish.
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