Yu Darvish updates from 12/21/2011:
The Texas Rangers have until 1/18/2012 @ 5pm EST (or 1/19 @ 7am JST) to work out a deal with Darvish.
The Toronto Stars Richard Griffin notes that the Toronto Blue Jays' bid was more than US$50M. A snip:
Sources in baseball insist that the Jays’ bid for the 25-year-old Japanese star was over $50 million, barely edged out by the winning bid of $51.7 million reported to be posted by Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels.
When reporters asked Nippon Ham Fighters' team rep Toshimasa Shimada what the team planned on doing with the bid, he replied, "We still have not received the money and there is no guarantee that we will."
He is also quoted as saying the following:
"We just really wanted to help Darvish realize his dreams. This is what is most important to him."
"Personally, I think it was good that it was the Rangers. [Yoshinori] Tateyama is there as well. ... Of course, if things do not work out, he will be signing with us."
ESPN's Richard Durrett posted projections for Darvish by Dan Szymborski. A snip:
2012: 13-7, 3.62 ERA with 46 walks, 169 strikeouts and a 4.5 WAR
If we consider that a win costs about $4.7 million on the open market and we assume 3 percent yearly growth, Darvish's performance over the next five years will run you roughly $100 million on the free-agent market. And while Darvish will likely cost more than that to Texas when you factor in the posting fee, he's unlikely to get a contract that large for himself since he can only negotiate with one team.
Things were fairly busy near Sapporo Dome on Tuesday -- NHK and five local commercial TV channel crews waited it out near the Nippon Ham Fighters offices. A short distance away, the Consadole Sapporo soccer team was holding a press conference to announce that Nobuhiro Ishizaki was returning next season.