But that was smokescreen. They were always thinking about a Matt Garza trade.
Which do you believe:
That Team Epstein was willing to hand $125+ million and the keys to his new franchise over to an unproven pitcher?
Or, that Hoyer & Co. were interested in driving up the bidding on Yu to make Matt Garza more attractive to losers of the Darvish derby?
Because the higher the bid on Darvish by Texas, Toronto and the Yanks, the better the odds the losers would overreact and trade the farm for Garza.
And Chicago would love to be overwhelmed by a trade proposal for Garza.
From Toronto. Or New York. Or San Diego. Or Boston. Or anyone.
Dear Team Epstein, fans approve. Even if it means we got our hopes up for Yu Darvish. This is what it means to play hardball with the big boys.
Play for 2012?
Moving forward, it's still unknown whether Chicago intends to build around the 28-year-old Garza and compete in 2012, or wave the white flag and trade him, hoping for the best in 2013-14.
But once Yu and Texas work out a deal, Darvish will be a Ranger.
And the Cubs already have a new suitor for their best pitcher in the Blue Jays.
Toss in a pitcher and Matt may return to the AL East.
Stay tuned on Twitter @JoshuaEdwards3