Yu Darvish is a 21 year-old Iranian-Japanese starter for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Darvish backs up his celebrity status as perhaps Japan’s best pitcher. His Wikipedia page is a good read.
Today, East Windup Chronicle speaks of a thirdhand report indicating the Yankees’ intent to acquire Darvish after the 2008 season. Apparently the Dodgers, Mets, and Cubs are on his trail as well. According to the report, Daisuke Matsuzaka’s $8.6MM salary would be the floor with Darvish. And I’m guessing his posting fee would easily exceed Dice-K’s $51.1MM.
Two huge questions remain. Are the Fighters actually considering posting Darvish after the ’08 season? The loss of such a popular player would be a huge hit for Japanese baseball. Also, does Darvish even want to play in the U.S.?