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Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: October 19, 2011 11:57 am
Yu DarvishBy C. Trent Rosecrans

We've all seen this before -- something's expected, a report comes out that it's going to happen, the principal comes out and says no decision has been made, decision is announced later and it's exactly what we expected to happen all along is going to happen.

Well, that's playing out in Japan right now with Yu Darvish.

The 25-year-old right-hander for Japan's Nippon Ham Fighters (for the record it's Nippon Ham as the sponsor of the team, and Fighters is the nickname) is going to be posted, Kyodo News in Japan reports (via Mainichi Daily News).

However, Darvish has tweeted that those reports are false and that he'll share any decision with his fans when his decision is made, according to

Darvish's Fighters are still alive in Japan's postseason, so it's unlikely he'd announce his intentions before the season is done.

Darvish was 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA this season -- marking the fifth straight year he's had an ERA under 2.00 in Japan. He struck out 276 batters in 232 innings. The Rangers, Yankees and Blue Jays have all been said to be the most interested in Darvish, who will command a large contract -- and a large posting fee.

It does appear, however, if he asks, the Fighters will post Darvish.

"If he wants to play at a higher level, then that's his wish," Nippon Ham owner Hiroji Okoso told Kyodo News.

Darvish will probably be playing stateside next season and should be one of the most sought-after players on the market. However, the arcane posting system -- which has all teams interested submit blind bids for just the rights to negotiate with a player -- will make things more interesting, that's for sure.

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Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:33 pm

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

  1. The mistake of signing Igawa should not keep the Yankees from going after Darvish any more than Burnett should keep the Yankees from going after Felix were he a free agent. Everyone is comparing Darvish to other Japanese pitchers but I don't think it's fair to compare them. They are different pitchers with different stuff, different bodies, different ages and far different abilities. Darvish is 6'5  much taller than Dice-K at 6'0 and he's also much more athletic. if you have to compare him to a Japanese player I think Yu translates more to an Ichiro type in terms of his quality as a baseball player. 

    Here are some good things to consider about signing Yu Darvish:

    1. The posting fee would not count against the luxury tax. Since the Yanks are in the luxury tax it would make sense to sign Yu. He would only count about 9-10 million a year as a number 2 where CJ would cost 15-18 mil per.  

    2. Some of the posting fee will be recouped in merchandise and advertising because he is Japans best and most popular player

    3. Signing this “free agent” would not cost a draft pick, unlike C. J. Wilson.

    Also it's not like Yanks have never had a successful Japanese player, remember World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. And by the way, Darvish has been a much better pitcher in Japan than Daisuke Matsuzaka ever was. In fact he is clearly the most impressive pitcher that will have ever come out of Japan (if he does). In Japan he has had an ERA below 2 every year and averaged almost 200 innings with 200Ks per year and a very good whip. If you were ever going to take a chance on a Japanese pitcher this would be the guy. There are no guarantees, but he’s young only 25 and the Yanks would be paying for all his prime years. If he turns out to be an ace like the scouts are predicting, I think he is a worthwhile investment.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:22 pm

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

Chapman is still very young. When he gets control and supporting pitches he will be nasty. Darvish has built a legitimate career of numbers in Japan. Ichiro and Matsui are the only players to come from Japan with GAUDY career numbers on the offensive side.

No other pitcher can match up with Yu when it comes to Japan. He is 26 so he has not reached his peak.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:14 pm

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

If he throws a gyroball, RUN away fast!!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:14 pm

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

If he throws a "gyroball" RUN AWAY fast!!!!!!

Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:09 pm

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

Another Irabu, Igawa and Dice-K in the making...can't wait!

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:46 am
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Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:13 am

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

Cruz and Papi??? You could come up with 50 better players than them you fool.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:24 am

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

this kid needs a lot of steroids in order to play in the u.s.  he'll get whacked around, lose his temper, gets injured, ends up with dice-k on the couch.

Since: Jun 19, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:25 am

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

I am glad you can strike them out because the best American pitchers sure couldn't in the 2009 World Baseball Classic Semi Final when the US lost 9-4. Just for the record the US batters struck out 10 times, the Japanese 7!! But thanks for declaring your ignorance.

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:04 am

Yu Darvish denies asking to be posted

Darvish doesn't sound very Asian.... Anways, who cares, Japan players usually suck after a year or two of playing over hear.  Nomo who was a decent 3 or 4 starter and Ichiro are the only ones that stand out as studs.  H. Matsui was good for a little while but fell off pretty quick.  Seriously, other than Nomo and Ichiro can anyone name an Asian player who was a great player for more than 4-5 years?

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