Yu Darvish Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays May Have Placed Winning Bid
The story went live on the New York Post Web site overnight: The Toronto Blue Jays appear to have won the bidding for the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish. The winning bid appeared to have been in the $40-50 million range.
Frankly, this does not feel like the end of anything. Jim Bowden confirmed the Post's report on Twitter, but also wrote that the Jays "have until Tuesday to complete a deal." That's not even close to true. Considering that Bowden was also the first to report that Albert Pujols was headed back to the St. Louis Cardinals on a 10-year deal during last week's Winter Meetings, his confirmation carries even less weight.
This is still the best information we have at hand right now, and it jives with the prevailing wisdom, as the Jays have long been infatuated with Darvish. But it's too early to consider the case closed. Incidentally, the Post also noted that the Cubs were believed to have made an aggressive bid, though its viability versus that of the Jays is unclear.
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