Cubs Post Bid for Japanese Pitcher Yu Darvish – Wrigley Field 12/15/11

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Lou

The Cubs have confirmed that they were one of several teams to post a bid for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.  The 25-year old pitcher was “posted” by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters and bidding closed late last night.  If the Ham Fighters accept one of the “blind” bids by next Tuesday, then MLB will announce the organization that won the bidding rights to Darvish.  Then that team will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the hurler. If no MLB deal is agreed upon, then the posting bid is returned to the MLB team.

Darvish is 6-5, 215 pounds and he has a nasty 92-95 MPH fastball with a good slider.  Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts for the Ham Fighters in 2011.

The Cubs are likely not the highest bidder for Darvish, but they figured it was worth a shot anyway.  President Theo Epstein has experience with bidding on Japanese pitchers.  The Red Sox posted a $51 million bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka before negotiating a 6-year, $52 million contract for the righty in 2006.  That deal never worked out so well for the Red Sox, so that probably had a long-lasting effect on how much Epstein would post for a Japanese player again…


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