Since the Los Angeles Angels took over the headlines by signing superstar Albert Pujols, Japanese ace Yu Darvish has been the main topic on the hot stove. MLB teams are going crazy to get Darvish, even at a very high price.
While clubs such as the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays are aggressively bidding for the 25-year-old righty, I believe there are four better starting pitchers available.
Unlike most of the attractive arms on the market, Darvish doesn't have any experience playing pro baseball in the U.S. Although he's pitched outstanding seasons in Japan and had a good World Baseball Classic tournament, Darvish hasn't thrown one MLB pitch yet.
Considering all those circumstances, Yu Darvish is likely going to be way overpaid. For teams looking to strengthen their rotation this offseason, there are a lot more affordable options out there.