What exactly are MLB teams bidding for?
ESPN’s Buster Onley tweeted that the Bomber did make a bid, which I was hoping would not be the case until now.
Is Yu Darvish Heading To The Bronx?
The Yankees literally flushed $46 million down the toilet to get Igawa, posting $26 million for negotiating rights and handing Igawa a $20 million, 5-year contract. And trading Igawa was not an option because once demoted off the 40-man roster, his salary no longer counted toward the team’s luxury tax payroll; so if traded Igawa would have to be added back on, which made him cheaper to keep down in the minors.
To his credit, Darvish is a better pitcher than Igawa ever was in Japan but he will cost more than double the money.
Look, it is no secret that the Igawa acquisition has tarnished Cashman’s legacy for too long already, and after watching Daisuke Matsuzaka bomb up in Boston, why would the Yankees take such an expensive risk again?
I recently wrote the reasons ‘Why Yu Do Not Belong In The Bronx,’ which also listed facts of why the odds are against Japanese pitchers transitioning to MLB in general.
And guess what, here are three more strikes against Japan’s latest:
1) According to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, Darvish was stalling on his posting decision but got pressured into it by his Japanese team the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The Fighters are financially strapped and need the money, so that is more added pressure on an already burdened 25-year old’s shoulders. Passan also wrote that Darvish would ‘refuse to settle for a well-under-market deal,’ which means that if no contract can be reached he will go back to Japan.
2) Darvish expects a posting fee higher than that of Dice-K’s, even though he doesn’t see a penny of that money. It is deemed a measure of respect shown by the bidding MLB team, and taken very seriously in Japan. In 2007, the Red Sox paid $51.1 million for Dice-K’s negotiating rights and if the Yankees are trying to cut payroll due to luxury tax this is not the way to start.
3) Specifically about the Yankees, MLB Trade Rumors reported that Darvish said he would prefer to play for a West Coast team to be closer to home. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure that one out, but if you live on Mars…. the Yankees play on the East Coast.
The Fighters have until December 20th to either accept or reject the highest bid, but the name of the MLB team is not revealed in this process.
So, for now waiting to see who wanted Yu more is all we can do. My hope is that Cashman continued his low-balling trend overseas; and that the highest bidder is not named New York Yankees.
Please visit MLB Trade Rumors to get the most up-to-the-minute updates on Yu Darvish.
- Yankees aren’t expected to get Darvish or Cespedes (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Darvish’s fate now in hands of Japanese team (mlb.mlb.com)
- MLB Free Agency: Has Yu Darvish Been the Plan All Along for the Yankees? (bleacherreport.com)
- Hot Stove Cespedes, Soler, Darvish (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Yankees put in bid for Japanese ace Yu Darvish (nypost.com)
- Darvish Is Up for Bidding, and System in Japan Draws Criticism (nytimes.com)
- Yankees play it cool as Darvish deadline nears (nypost.com)
- Japanese Team Will Make Pitcher Yu Darvish Available (nytimes.com)
- New York Yankees Hot Stove: Why Yu Do Not Belong In The Bronx (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Texas Rangers Win Bid Race for Yu Darvish (blogs.wsj.com)