Updates on Yu Darvish from 12/9/2011:
- MLB teams will have until 12/14 at 5pm EST (or 12/15 @ 7am JST) to submit their bids.
- Darvish will consider the following three things:
- Usage, team atmosphere, money
- Sponichi has mentioned that Darvish wants around US$20M a year -- he puts himself at the same level of C.C. Sabathia, Roy Halladay, and Johan Santana.
- Teams that could be interested include the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, LA Angels, Oakland A's, and Chicago Cubs.
- The Blue Jays may not have enough money, or at least that is what GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters.
Darvish has also been hit with fairly difficult tweets by fans, like why he did not say anything during Fan Festival on 12/4 (nothing was decided at that point), why the media ended up informing everyone of the decision first instead of him (he has no control over the media), and why he suddenly decided to change his mind when he originally stated a few years back that he would rather quit than play in the majors (things change with time).
Various comments made by Farsad Darvish (spread out over a number of articles):
I do not think there are teams he likes or places he does not want to go to. How he will be used, how the team will take care of him. It is part of the contract, so salary will also be considered.
I am against [the posting] system because it makes players anxious as they wait. It would be nice if there were a method that would allow players to relax a little more.
If you spend a lot of money on the posting fee, there is a chance negotiations will not go well because that amount (or close to it) is deducted from the salary.
Posting is part of the process. If it works out, you thank the team and then inform the fans, but if it does not work out, you are still a member of the team. He will return. That is how the [Nippon Ham Fighters] understand it.
ダルビッシュを公示、入札期限は15日７時 (Nikkan Sports)
ダル、メジャー挑戦表明！ポスティング８球団争奪戦ゴング…日本ハム (Sports Hochi)
ダルビッシュ強気 年俸15億円超要求 ダメならハム残留 (Sponichi)
ダル獲りに情報戦展開の各球団 本命ブルージェイズＧＭ「お金ない」 (Sponichi)