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Darvish on Toronto's radar

The Sports Xchange

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos returned from a three-day scouting trip to Japan where he watched prized right-hander Yu Darvish who is considering signing with a major-league team in the off-season.

"I'm doing my homework," was the way Anthopoulos put it when he joined the Blue Jays in New York on Friday. "If I go see guys for the draft it doesn't mean that we draft those players, or we have them high on our list. But I go see them, I want to have as much information as we can on all players.

"But there's no question, he's the reason that I went. I can sit here and say I went there to experience the culture, or build relationships. But if he hadn't pitched I wouldn't have gone, at least not in 2011."

The 6-foot-5 Darvish pitches for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League.

The Blue Jays have been frequently mentioned in reports as potential pursuers of Darvish.

But before any team can talk to him about a contract it must make a bid for negotiating rights. The team with the highest bid wins exclusive negotiating rights. There is no guarantee even then that the player will sign.

"You just have to come up with a value, like we do with everything," Anthopoulos said. "You take the emotion out of it, you come up with what you're willing to spend on a player."

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