Yankees Displaying Patience with Yu Darvish

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According to a report on ESPN.com from New York Post writer George King, the Yankees appear to be displaying some unusual patience in regards to their pursuit of Japanese pitching superstar Yu Darvish. King has heard voices throughout the Yankees organization that the teams pursuit of Darvish is “lukewarm at best”. The estimated winning bid for the pitcher is expected to be in the $30 million dollar range, along with an expected 5-year deal in the $75 million dollar range. Beside the Yankees, there are a handful of teams reportedly in the mix to offer bids: Boston Red Sox; Texas Rangers; Seattle Mariners.

With the Yankees previous experiences with Japanese pitchers (Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa), I am not surprised at all that they are practicing patience with a pitcher who has zero MLB experience. It will be very interesting to see how the bidding and negotiating pans out for the team that wins.

Yahoo! Sports writer Jeff Passan writes that Darvish does not like the posting system. He fears that if the bidding is high, his contract will be lower.

Buster Olney has noted that within the industry, the Texas Rangers are the favorites to obtain Darvish.

Notes on Darvish from Keith Law:

  • Darvish will show an assortment of pitches
  • Fastball is in the 91-95 MPH range, with reports that it’s reached 97 MPH
  • Able to mix in a hard shuuto (looks like a two-seamer in the high 80′s, low 90′s)
  • Features a hard cutter/slider, a soft slider, a splitter, a straight change-up, and a slow curveball
  • He generates good arm speed through his hip rotation
  • He is built like an ace, with ace stuff


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  • Rjcgoodbuys

    no balls cashman will let darvish slip thru his fingers just like cliff lee.  the yankees got screwed when they gave you a new contract.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.capozzi Brian Capozzi

      There are a couple things to think about here… what if Cashman doesn’t make the move and Darvish turns out to be a bust, then he’ll look like a genius. Obviously, if that doesn’t happen, he’ll look foolish.

  • http://twitter.com/Nick_BD Nick_DK

    I’ll give you 5 words why this probably won’t happen – Cain, Greinke, Hamels, Shield, Danks. I’d rather wait to get 1 if not 2 of those big MLB pitchers. Cash is totally doing the right thing don’t waste 110mil (which is what the contract/posting fee will cost), get cheap 1 year deals for the rotation and then spend the cash on pitchers in 2013 you know will help rather then a risk like Yu.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.capozzi Brian Capozzi

      Thanks for the comment Nick. You make a very valid argument here.  The 2013 SP Free Agent class is pretty solid. The Yanks should definitely not overspend and deal off prospects when they can get quality, MLB capable pitchers next season.

      • http://twitter.com/Nick_BD Nick_DK

        I say keep the money but I wouldn’t mind Darvish scouts love him, but I can see why Cash is saving. It goes down to 110mil on Yu or wait a year for 140mil + on Hamels/Cain I know what I would rather have. Hal/Hank are running the Yankees in a different way he wants to keep the payrol at 200mil so you can’t have Yu then got after Hamels year after. I guess the rotation plan is CC, Nova then AJ, Kuroda, Garcia on 1 year deals for 2012 (I know AJ has 2 years left but I still think Yanks DFA him end of the next season). 2013 have CC, Hamels, Nova, Hughes and Banuelos

        So a bid has just been placed should find out tonight or tomorrow. Watch it be the Phillies……..again. Sorry Brian I’m rambling here, keep up the great work mate.

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