Source: Yanks bid low for Darvish

December, 20, 2011
12/20/11
2:19
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The Yankees bid less than $20 million for Yu Darvish, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the process.

The Yankees were expected to put forth a modest proposal for the Japanese pitcher, and it turns out the Texas Rangers more than doubled the Yankees' bid and may even have tripled it. The Rangers bid nearly $52M for the rights to negotiate with Darvish.

The Yankees liked Darvish, but could not be sold that his stuff and his makeup would translate in the majors. From Kei Igawa to Hideki Irabu, the Yankees have seen firsthand that Japanese pitchers often aren't successful in the majors. So they weren't prepared to go all-out for a pitcher who hasn't thrown even once in the majors.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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