Yu Darvish bid to be sent to Fighters
December, 14, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
There was at least one team that bid for Yu Darvish prior to today's 4 p.m. CT deadline, so Major League Baseball will notify the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters with the amount of the highest bid, but not the identity of the club that submitted it.
The Japanese Commissioner's Office now has four business days to notify MLB if the bid has been accepted or rejected, so they have until Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. Central time to make a decision.
If the Fighters accept the bid, MLB will reveal which club has 30 days to negotiate with Darvish. (In other words, if the Fighters accept the bid before the four-day window is up, expect an announcement.)
Should the MLB team and Darvish not come to an agreement in those 30 days, the posting fee will not be paid.
Darvish, 25, was 18-6 with for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, leading the Pacific League with 276 strikeouts and a 1.44 ERA. The 6-foot-5 right-hander pitched in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He began his professional career at age 18 in 2005 and after going 5-5 with a 3.53 ERA in his rookie season, put up solid numbers in 2006: A 12-5 mark and a 2.89 ERA with 115 strikeouts. He’s put up solid numbers since, leading to his opportunity to pitch in the majors.