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Yu Darvish E-Ticket Article

I always enjoy ESPN's in-depth E-ticket articles.  Jim Caple's piece on Yu Darvish is no exception.  In case you hadn't heard, Darvish is the Next Big Thing in Japan.  He's a 21 year-old ace pitcher.  A few highlights from the article:

  • The commonly kicked-around posting fee for Darvish is $75MM.  Remember, everyone thought Dice-K would require $25-30MM and the fee ended up being $51.1MM.  If Darvish received Dice-K's six-year, $52MM deal and required an $80MM posting fee, he'd cost $22MM a year.
  • Darvish's team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, didn't allow Caple to ask about the MLB possibility.  But the team's GM has said that he'd probably post a player who requested it.
  • Does Darvish want to come to MLB?  Opinions run the gamut on that question.  A posting this winter is possible but far from certain.
  • Darvish's father seems to want him to play in New York or Boston, if he comes to MLB.


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