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Toronto Blue Jays Get Punk'd in Yu Darvish Sweepstakes

Anthony AntonacciContributor IIIDecember 19, 2011

It looks like yet another Toronto team has been played for fools.

On December 19, the Yu Darvish saga finally came to an end, at least as far as the Toronto Blue Jays are concerned. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with the Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher after posting a record bid of $51.7 million.

Only a few days ago, the Jays were rumored to be the front-runners in the bidding. It was reported in the New York Post that they had made a bid in the $40 million to 50 million range.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

If this were a one-time occurrence, there wouldn’t be much need to be mad or worry. But it seems that almost every year there’s a player that simply doesn’t come to Toronto or one that decides to leave. The Leafs lost out on Brad Richards this past summer and the Raptors lost Chris Bosh and Vince Carter in the past decade.

It’s gotten to the point where legions of fans were likely overjoyed, partially, when Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos flat-out denied that the Jays were one of the teams interested in first baseman Prince Fielder. It is believed that agent Scott Boras started the rumor himself in order to drive up the price of his client.

At least in that situation there isn’t any letdown. Toronto sports fans have been hurt so many times that Lowered Expectations should look into becoming an official team sponsor.

One thing is clear, however. The Jays were ready to spend outwards of $125 million to sign Darvish, and that money better be spent elsewhere, or else Anthopoulos will quickly find out how low Jays attendance figures can go.

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