Heyman: Yankees Place Bid For Japan’s Yu Darvish

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League have until Tuesday to accept a bid from a major league team for pitcher Yu Darvish.

Among the teams in on the Darvish sweepstakes? That’s right, the Yankees, according to WFAN’s Jon Heyman.

Bidding for the posting fee closed Wednesday, and the U.S. commissioner’s office said it will notify its Japanese counterpart of the amount of the highest bid, but not the identity of the MLB club that made the offer.

Heyman reports the Yankees are believed to have entered only a modest bid.

“Indications are winning bid is sky-high,” Heyman tweeted on Wednesday.

The Ham Fighters have until 5 p.m. EST Tuesday to accept. If the bid is accepted, MLB will announce the team that won the rights, and that club will have 30 days to agree to a contract. The posting fee will be paid only if an agreement is reached with Darvish’s agents, Arn Tellem and Don Nomura.

A 25-year-old right-hander, the 6-foot-5 Darvish is considered the best pitcher in the Japanese professional leagues. He was 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and a league-leading 276 strikeouts last season.

Should the Yankees have gone all out for the Japanese sensation? Sound off below…

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  • Steve

    No point in bidding if your not in it to win it. Yu Darvish is the real deal, check him out on youtube , sick breaking balls and a mlb fastball. Easily a # 2 in most rotations. I can see teams being hesitant with the track record of japanese pitchers but this guy is a no brainer. Woulnt be surprised at all if Yankees are top bidder.

  • The Negotiator

    This system doesn’t make any sense. There can be 5 MLB teams interested in this player but the one that bids the highest gets “talking” rights and can then try to work out a contract with that player? The player will have no idea who the other 4 bidders are? That sucks. So if the Yankees, Boston, St. Louis, Detroit etc. are all outbid by, say, Seattle, ONLY Seattle can talk to that player and the player will NOT know the other teams that are interested in him? Bummer

  • Greg

    The Yankees either want him, or they don’t. So I’d like to know how “modest” that bid actually was. But, if the Yankees feel he is worthy of a $10 million bid and not a penny more, than that is what they should do.

    Personally, I’d rather get a Danks or Gio. But I agree with the Yankees in not wanting to give up two blue chip prospects like Montero AND Beunelos.

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