Yankees Reportedly Won’t Win Darvish Sweepstakes; Announcement Tonight?

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will announce the winner of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes Tuesday morning, Japan time, the pitcher’s agent tweeted on Monday.

If the time line is correct, the winning bid will be unveiled around 9 p.m. ET.

But sorry, Yankees fans. Darvish reportedly won’t be headed to New York.

The Yankees’ number will “not be high enough” to beat out the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, whose bids are thought to be through the roof, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

A source told the paper the winning bid is “a ridiculous number,” but wouldn’t name an exact figure.

Darvish, 25, went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts last season in 232 innings pitched. The right-hander has a lifetime record in Japan of 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA.

The Ham Fighters have until Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET to accept the bid. The winning team, if accepted, will have 30 days to agree to a contract with Darvish.

Where will Darvish land? Sound off below…

  • http://dormroomgm.wordpress.com DormRoomGM

    Rangers. I believe the Blue Jays should have made the biggest bid, as the flawed posting system gives teams incentives to overbid when they do not have a desperate need for the player, like the Jays. However, it sounds like the Rangers are more likely winners, and he is a great fit for them. Their pitching depth, both MLB and MiLB, is remarkable; they will be a dangerous team for years to come.

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  • Greg

    Rangers. It just makes sense. They have the cash and a need for a front-of-the-line starter. Plus, Nolan is all about the pitching and he needs to make a splash after what the Halos have done so far this off-season.

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