MLB Free Agents 2012: Yu Darvish Bid Not from Yankees, Search for Pitcher over

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IDecember 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23:   Relief pitcher Yu Darvish #11 of Japan throws a pitch against Korea during the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic on March 23, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Well, it's finally official. The debate can end knowing that Yu Darvish won't be playing for the New York Yankees in 2012.

And let me say, boy am I happy it's over. According to the report, the highest bid was described as, "A ridiculous number."

To think after the disaster that is A.J. Burnett, the Yanks would want to throw about $100 million or more at another unproven, unworthy pitcher. But Brian Cashman thought the better of it and the Bombers have still yet to find their pitcher.

You can't blame them for being in the situation they're in. Or can you?

The Yanks, and Cashman himself, have signed enough bad contracts over the years that have made them gun shy when looking for pitchers. It's difficult, especially when you have some of the best prospects in the majors as trade chips.

This was another one of those seasons where desperation can consume logic and there is ample opportunity to spend because of need. That often has helped create some of the biggest contract mistakes in MLB history.

And the Yankees are certainly a guilty party of that. Just look who their cleanup hitter is next year, and I'm using "clean" loosely.

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Inaction in the offseason will not doom this team, so don't feel down about not doing anything. Minus Bartolo Colon and Jorge Posada, plus Jesus Montero for a full season, New York is still the 97-win team from a year ago.

So who's ready for pitchers and catchers?