List Of Teams Interested In Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish apparently intends to pitch in the Major Leagues next year and it would be surprising if he doesn't draw interest from ten-plus teams. The 25-year-old right-hander has a 1.54 ERA with 10.6 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 175 innings this season. Those numbers are typical for Davish, who entered the season with a 1.81 ERA, 9.2 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in four years with the Nippon Ham Fighters. 

Here's a list of which teams have been linked to Darvish in the last calendar year:

  • Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is in Japan and saw Darvish pitch, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.
  • The Nationals maintain interest.
  • The Yankees have scouted him heavily.
  • Rangers GM Jon Daniels watched Darvish in June.
  • The Orioles had interest last offseason.
  • The Red Sox have been linked to Darvish.
  • The Rays watched Darvish about a year ago.

At this point, we don't know whether the clubs above were simply being diligent or whether they intend to make serious bids for Darvish. This list can't be considered comprehensive because other teams have likely been covert about their interest. What we can say at this point is that Darvish would be a welcome commodity in a starting pitching market that's light on top-of-the-rotation pitchers.


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3 years 11 months ago

I remember that the Diamondbacks were interested last season, but with all of the young arms guess they quit in the pursuit.  I wonder how Yu will do in the USA, will he be an Ichiro or a Kazuo?

BoSoxSam
3 years 11 months ago

or an Igawa? ūüėõ

3 years 11 months ago

LOL You can’t compare them …¬†Igawa never dominated that way in Japan and doesn’t has the stuff Yu has

BoSoxSam
3 years 11 months ago

Haha catch up man, I wasn’t comparing them ūüėõ

3 years 11 months ago

haha yeah that’s why I put the LOL and I get your :p

3 years 11 months ago

Or a Dice-K?

BoSoxSam
3 years 11 months ago

Touche.

3 years 11 months ago

Yeah man!! Dan Hudson, Ian Kennedy, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Jarrod Parker … that’s a hell of a future rotation … one of the tops in the game¬†if the kids live up to their potential

Morley C
3 years 11 months ago

…or a Nomo…

MadmanTX
3 years 11 months ago

The Rangers have to be a favorite to land Darvish with their connections, but it comes down I guess whether they keep Wilson or not.

Do teams have to bid on Darvish for negotiating rights? If so, then we’ll probably see a team like the A’s overbid just to keep the Rangers from getting him since they get their money back anyway if they fail to sign him.

jeffdg
3 years 11 months ago

No one is a favorite, unless you are convinced the Rangers will post a large bid than anyone else. 

Commander_Nate
3 years 11 months ago

Have to bid. What “connections” do the Rangers have over anyone else? I know JD went out there personally a few months ago, but that’s not necessarily a “connection.”

Rangersfan32
3 years 11 months ago

I’d expect Texas to work hard on CJ while everyone else fights over Darvish.

Commander_Nate
3 years 11 months ago

This is what I’m thinking also. The fight would only last 4 days though, since that’s how long the silent auction lasts. That’s good because I don’t like to wait.

RDoubleYa
3 years 11 months ago

I believe the connections MadmanTX is referring to are the two Japanese pitchers the Rangers already have on their staff.  Tateyama was a former teammate on the Fighters for six seasons and still keeps in touch with Darvish and Uehara was a teammate on Team Japan.

You are right though.  None of this matters unless the Rangers win the bid in the auction process.  However, it would likely help in the negotiating process after the bid is won.

Commander_Nate
3 years 11 months ago

Ah, okay. I knew about Tateyama, but I thought he was referring to front office connections.

3 years 11 months ago

There’s only one problem: There are lots of rumors that Uehara is coming back to Baltimore.¬† And Darvish apparently likes Baltimore.

3 years 11 months ago

Darvish likes Baltimore? Umm, why?

3 years 11 months ago

fells point!!! thats why there new yawk….

*Jays_44*
3 years 11 months ago

Jays need this. Money aside… We can’t miss out and face him 10 times a year. Come on AA this has your name written all over it!

jeffdg
3 years 11 months ago

I think he also puts tons of fans in the seats — and that has to be a serious consideration in Toronto right now.

TimmyFranchise
3 years 11 months ago

I agree completely.¬† Even if Darvish doesn’t turn into a front of the rotation stud, there will be such a huge increase in ticket sales for his starts and a ridiculous number of his jerseys sold, it would be worth the risk in Toronto.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 11 months ago

With the track record Japanese pitchers have in the MLB, I’d rather see the Jays sign CJ Wilson.

bonestock94
3 years 11 months ago

High risk high reward. Not sure if teams should go for him or CJ Wilson.

Art Agel
3 years 10 months ago

I’m hoping the Blue Jays get Darvish.

Aside from the obvious flame out and drama he’ll cause in the Blue Jays clubhouse (reportedly, he has the same prima dona attitude as Matsuzaka), it’ll tie up 100 million in Blue Jays funds and make it that much easier for the Rays to get playoff spots.

Why sow discord in the house of your enemy when the Blue Jays will do it to themselves?

iamsynecdoche
3 years 11 months ago

I wonder if the Red Sox will be a bit gun shy on Darvish after how much they’ve paid (and are paying) for Matsuzaka. Is there a posting fee?

Isaac
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah

Art Agel
3 years 10 months ago

I hope not.

There are fans on the Red Sox boards who want to hire all the Japanese players to make Yu Darvish “comfortable”.

Imagine that.

Racist Red Sox fans want to get players based soley on race rather than performance.

Again, the more stupidly the Jays, Yankees, Sox, and O’s spend their money, the more embarressing it’ll be to get beaten by the Tampa team with 1/10 of their overall cashflows.

Zing!

BVHjays
3 years 11 months ago

Let’s go Blue Jays!

3 years 11 months ago

yes, there’ll be a posting fee because Darvish is no international FA.¬†

btw: why wouldn’t the Red Sox (or the Yankees) bid for Darvish? Japanese guys are pretty underrated just because some of them didn’t make it. Look at guys like Kuroda that are even better than they were in Japan (not saying that Darvish will even be better because that’s impossible). Will the Red Sox never sign an American pitcher again because Lackey sucks? Or a position player because of Crawford?¬†

Just because you’re playing in Japan doesn’t mean that a player sucks or that he can’t make it here. When you look at the players that didn’t make it you’ll realize that they had some flaws in their games before they came to the US. There are always some risks of course but you have risks no matter who you sign or where that player played before (see Crawford, Dunn). That’s a part of baseball.

3 years 11 months ago

Dice-K cost $100M total.  Underrated? Maybe.  Overvalued? Probably.

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

boston made money out of the matsuzaka deal, but by the end of next year he will have pitched ~250 innings over the last four years of his contract. it wasn’t so much the cost but the underwhelming performance that made the deal sour for them

Art Agel
3 years 10 months ago

Boston made no money at all.

Just ask the Sox sportswriters and they’ll tell you that the Sox didn’t get any economic benefit from the Dice-K contract.

No new advertising, no sponsors, and no revenue even from the shared system of merchandise from Japan (even split 29 ways, there was actually a decline).

The bottom line was that Dice-K did poorly and his advertising value both here and in Japan never panned out.

You can’t promote a lemon when everybody knows it’s a lemon.

3 years 11 months ago

Ichiro is fantastic example of someone that made a successful transition, Matsui as well. 

woadude
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah because he was hitting balls that were bigger, pitchers may not transition as smoothly, it all depends on how he can handle MLB baseballs.

mr salavati
3 years 11 months ago

Japanese baseballs have been the same size for a couple of years now.

Art Agel
3 years 10 months ago

Ichiro and Matsui are position players.  But for every Ichiro, there are 3 Kaz Matsuis or Fukudomes.

Ichiro – incidentally was overrated.

Matsui, however, is quite underrated, and is probably the best position player in Japan’s history.

It’s important to have realistic expectations when finding players for the right price.

Rays fans understand this which is part of the reason why the Rays win; the ownership doesn’t have to spend on fake and overpriced “superstars” to satisfy a fanbase full of fanboys.

The Rays are interested in one thing: Winning.

The BLue Jays and all their $ millions should take notes.

Joshua Pimental
3 years 11 months ago

The Red Sox or Yankees could certainly bid on Darvish, that shouldn’t be anything surprising at all.

However, you would have to imagine there would be increased scrutiny in whether Darvish can fit in with American-style baseball. Things like workloads, conditioning, training, and related subjects could be given more focus than they have in the past. Or maybe they always did have a ton of focus on those things, but for whatever reason teams just completely missed with Dice-K.

3 years 11 months ago

The workload may be bigger but there is much more conditioning and training in Japan  which is why Alfonzo Soriano went to America

3 years 11 months ago

I’ve seen this kid pitch on film, and in person 2 years ago while in Japan on a work stint for 2 months. He looks great, has solid stuff, but…..I can’t help but think he’s Hideki Irabu/Daisuke Matsuzaka all over again. You can flush his numbers from the Japanese league down the toilet, history has proven these don’t translate to MLB success. I wish him luck, he has a live arm, but I’ll be happy if my Detroit Tigers stay far away.¬†

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

I wouldnt mind if the Tigers put in a bid (even though they wont). It will be pretty cool at first for the fans of the team that does get to sign him. But ive watched video on him and…. He throws from the streach!!!! Wtf!!!! Every pitch from the FREAKIN STREACH!!! Not sure why he does that, but Im almost positive that no other pitcher in the majors does that. He also pauses in the middle (after his leg kick) and it seems like it would be very easy to steal off him…

NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

I think this guy is the real deal, I mean look at Dice-k, he did have a strong season when healthy. The only problem has been his ability to go out there every five days. Darvish could be something special.

0bsessions
3 years 11 months ago

Matsuzaka had a great ERA when healthy, but that doesn’t mean he necessarily had a great season. Despite his ERA, Matsuzaka only pitched 167 innings in ’08 (Not for significant health reasons, but because he averaged less than 6 innings per start) and he would’ve walked over 100 batters had he pitched a full 32 game slate.

He kept runners from crossing the plate, but his peripherals were absolutely terrible and there are few indications that he would ever have put up 2008 ERA numbers again. Before his injury he was a potentially serviceable pitcher, but he was nothing compared to his Japan stats.

The biggest issues with matsuzaka are allegedly attributed to four things: difference in workout regimen from Japan, the difference in ball size in Japan, the difference in overall hitter quality in Japan and an (Capital A on Alleged here) Alleged attitude/communication issue. Three out of four of those things are things that will apply to Darvish. Maybe he can overcome those differences where Matsuzaka couldn’t, but I’m in buyer beware mode on this one. I’d top out at $25 million on the posting fee and $30 million on a contract. If that doesn’t get the job done, someone else can take the risk.

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

Sounds like the perfect guy for the Jays, “Alleged attitude/communication issue” he’d fit right in with the other “delinquents” that other teams had given up on.

3 years 11 months ago

I’m not sure about some of those alleged attributions. Look at players like Ichiro and Matsui; no one would ever challenge the attitudes or workout regimens. The sample size has been too small to generalize in the way you are doing.¬†

Madraider
3 years 11 months ago

He wasn’t generalizing about Japanese players, he was speaking about a specific player in a specific situation. Daisuke Matsuzaka on the Red Sox. His workout regimen or his side work was vastly different in Boston than Japan, his attitude at times seemed to border on indifferent and he continually refused to attack the strike zone, despite having success when he did.

Joshua Pimental
3 years 11 months ago

Teams seem to take a much more focused view on how pitchers workout compared to position players. Trevor Bauer in this past draft is a prime example. I’ve read in a few places that several teams would not pick him since he would not give up his long-toss workout regimen.

0bsessions
3 years 11 months ago

In fairness, you’re comparing hitters to pitchers. The workload for a hitter’s going to be roughly the same for a hitter as it is out here. Sure, they’re hitting a smaller ball, but they’re still playing every day and still only playing the same number of innings every time out. The six man to five man rotation and the pitch count differences allegedly had a large toll on Matsuzaka and that’s something Darvish will be subject to. Basically, there’s a larger learning curve (No pun intended, I promise) in pitching in the MLB to Japan than there is for hitting.

Commander_Nate
3 years 11 months ago

Couple of things:

1) Darvish’s parents met during college in the US and he has family still living here. He traveled here, and to his father’s Iran, a few times as a kid. Due to this, he’d probably have an easier time adapting.

2) NPB adopted a new ball this year that very closely mimicks the MLB ball in both size and performance. Pitchers that have used both attest to this. Offense all over Japan has gone down because the balls carry less now. Darvish is putting up his best season with this new ball, which is basically the same as the one he’d have to throw here.

3) By all accounts, Darvish is a very hard worker and fully embraces his rock star/sports celebrity status. There might be a language barrier for a while, but I don’t think he’d have a problem with the attention and pressure.

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

Who knows… Mabe he speaks english well…

Lookouts400
3 years 11 months ago

Anyone know what Darvish is looking for?

gunsnascar
3 years 11 months ago

A dump truck full of money?

3 years 11 months ago

DiceK had 1 great season 18-3 2.90 in 08 other than that pretty average. 15-12 4.40 4-6 5.76 9-6 4.69 3-3 5.30 with the contract and posting fee BoSox are paying for a 3 or 4 starter. Japanese pitchers dont pitch as much as MLB. If a team can get YU for a posting fee of 10-20 million and sign him to a 3-5 year contract for less than 10 million then its worth the gamble

TheFreak2011
3 years 11 months ago

Darvish will be looking for a LOT of money, since the dollar is so weak compared to the Japanese yen.  Look for at least Dice-K numbers, probably greater since Darvish is younger than Dice-K was when he signed with the Red Sox.

Some team will be suckered; PT Barnum must have had a ton of foresight to make his comment “there’s a sucker born every minute….”

3 years 11 months ago

“the dollar is so weak”- since the Canadian dollar is still strong the Blue Jays have an advantage then.

TheFreak2011
3 years 11 months ago

Seriously, it could be a huge factor.

chico65
3 years 11 months ago

Given his success as a ham fighter, I think he should opt for a city with a large Muslim or Jewish population.

3 years 11 months ago

best comment by far LOL

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

What the hell is a “Ham Fighter”?

Dr. Frank N Furter
3 years 11 months ago

the team’s name is actually “Fighter”… the company that has the team’s name is “Nippon Ham”, that’s what it is

NYBravosFan10
3 years 11 months ago

ba boom CRASH!!!

TimmyFranchise
3 years 11 months ago

It’s not about Roger Clemens.¬†The exact point is that he is from Japan.¬† Toronto has a huge Asian population.¬† A few years back, the Houston Rockets were one of the top draws for the Raptors because of Yao Ming.

You’re right though, winning is the sure way to regain interest in TO.

3 years 11 months ago

Difference is Yao Ming is Chinese, and Toronto (as with most other NA cities) as a large Chinese population. Chinese =/ Japanese

MattCMoore
3 years 11 months ago

Haha he failed…

mr salavati
3 years 11 months ago

But Japanese tourists love to come over on sports tours, and spend alot of money. The city of Seattle probably can pay for ichiro’s salary based on Japanese sports tourism.

3 years 11 months ago

Large Asian Population eh?¬† Yeah I guess all those Asians root for each other.¬† It’s not like Japan invaded China in the past and treated them pretty bad.¬† I don’t think there is a big Japanese community.¬† I would guess much more Chinese, Koreans, Thais and others.¬† It’s one of those weird things populations that are well off don’t emigrate as much as ones who have a large peasentry.

TimmyFranchise
3 years 11 months ago

opps, that was supposed to be a reply to tuna411 above.

3 years 11 months ago

The Rangers will likely be busy signing CJ Wilson and probably do not want to take that big of a gamble. The Orioles will probably not have the money to outbid the AL East power houses, and even if they do thats too big of a risk with the way their roster is created (crappy). The Rays, well no money at all for this kind of gamble. Boston will be in the biddings but they will back away if the price gets high because of Dice-K. Yu will come down to the Jays and the Yankees, the Yankees will have to re-sign Cano and CC, which will cost at least 10 million more than they are paying. I doubt that they will risk all that money on him, especially after their past failures but you never know its the Yankees. The Jays pay roll will be 57 million next season which means they will have almost 100 million to spend if they wanted, and since he is still young (25), international, and a top of the lineup starter, he would be an ideal pick up for Toronto. Either way Toronto will get him, or they will force the Yankees to overpay him.

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

And since Toronto is in a “rebuild” they can afford to take that chance.

johnsmith4
3 years 11 months ago

Interesting scenario. ¬†In my opinion, Toronto has enough pitching prospects that they will “bubble-up” to fill out the starting rotation next season. ¬†Unlike this season with Drabek, if one prospect falters, there will be another one to step in his place.

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

If you wait for the bubble up to take effect, you’ll be waiting an additional year (in my opinion) where if you take a chance on Darvish, and he pans out, you’ll one less issue to worry about speeding up the time it takes to contend in this division.

3 years 11 months ago

Yes so the Jays have the ability to walk away if the price isnt right, we all know AA will do that.

Rabbitov
3 years 11 months ago

Orioles have the money they just won’t spend it.¬†

3 years 11 months ago

Obsessed with Yu

johnsmith4
3 years 11 months ago

Fascinating how all five AL East teams are listed in the seven teams interested in Darvish.

3 years 11 months ago

¬†Shows the greatness of the AL East. The Jays, Rays, and BoSox were among the leaders in money spend on the draft. The Jays led the international free agent signings, the Yankees, BoSox, and Orioles led the free agent signings last off season. I love this division ūüėÄ

johnsmith4
3 years 11 months ago

Yep, this is a great division to follow. ¬†I always buy tickets for games when those teams are in Toronto. ¬†It bewilders me how some Blue Jays fans want to be in another division in place of simply saying “let’s fix the process and give it time to make the team competitive”. ¬†Here is something funny: some of Toronto media suggest playing fewer games against Yanks & BoSoxs (biggest draws) will increase attendance.

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

the division complaints make sense: top 4 teams from each league should make the playoffs, even if 3 (or even 4) are in the same division

johnsmith4
3 years 11 months ago

Converging three divisions into two to generate two wild-cards & two division winniner spots makes sense to me and is in line with your argument. ¬†However, moving Jays away from Yanks and BoSox sounds like a “let’s find a back door to get a championship” argument to me.

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

oh right, i agree that decreasing the number of times they play is lame. but if they earn a top-4 record in the AL while playing the titans as often as they do, it’s pretty insane to deny them a playoff spot

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

Got to beat the best to be the best (say that 5 times :P)

3 years 11 months ago

Agreed, its not about making the playoffs, its about winning the championship.

Rabbitov
3 years 11 months ago

On a related thought:

Baseball is the biggest catch-22 sport I can think of. Because of the amount of games they play, 162 (for those taking score at home), they should have some more playoff spots. 
But because they play 162 games extending the season even further makes just about no sense.  

Just a random 2 cents to put in your hat. 

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

Toughest division in baseball. Thanks to some of the smartest GMs (in my opinion).

johnsmith4
3 years 11 months ago

Yep…it is fascinating to watch them do their work…at times, some of things they do can be very nuanced. ¬†Not easy for the casual fan to follow

3 years 11 months ago

Smartest GM’s if i had 200 million to play with I could put a winner out there. Not to much smarts is needed for Theo or Brian! Now the Jays¬† and Rays have it going on right now. Smart GM work there. Balitmore sucks year in and out. Two out fine ain’t bad if you’re hitting in the Majors but to call the whole division GM’s smart is a little of a reach.

3 years 11 months ago

The team name is just Fighters.¬† Nippon Ham refers to the club’s corporate parent, Nippon Meat Packers.

It’s sort of like calling a certain football team the Bay Packers.

Coollet
3 years 11 months ago

Would not have posted earlier comment if i would have read this post, thanks!

chico65
3 years 11 months ago

Bay Packers is pretty funny too.  Sounds like it could be the blog of a disgruntled Mets fan.

Leonard Washington
3 years 11 months ago

Sox were bitten last time they started “Turning Japanese” haha. I would def prefer CJ Wilson. Even if Darvish is excellent I can’t see him being that much better than CJ so we would be better suited playing it safe. So if the Rangers go all Yu crazy hopefully that opens the door for the Sox to steal CJ from the Rangers and Yanks.

3 years 11 months ago

Not sure why going for CJ Wilson is safer than Darvish. Sure, CJ has had success here, but Darvish at least has demonstrated more years of excellence and consistency. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 11 months ago

You said why. CJ has had more success here. I’m not knocking the guy so don’t get me wrong he appears to be an excellent talent, but so didn’t Dice-K. The posting fee is not going to be small anyone who thinks so is so incredibly wrong, its going to be 30 to 40M easy. Then he is going to want 13-15M a season on more than a one year deal obviously. Its going to be around 100M total maybe a little bit lower. Meanwhile Wilson has shown dominance in the MLB against the best hitters in the world, so I take his short resume and durability more seriously then Yu’s long career in what is the equivalent of AAAA in Japan. I mean come on, Matsui and Ichiro have been the only players to come over here that could hit a lick so I have a hard time believing Yu has been shutting down lineups even 20% as good as say the Yanks, Sox, or Rangers. Simply put he is unproven and if Wilson is on the table for cheaper he is the safer move. He might not have the highest ceiling but Yu could be a huge bust.¬†And not the sexy kind.

notsureifsrs
3 years 11 months ago

why do you want to sign another free agent starter? that’s crazy talk imo

lester
beckett
buchholz
lackey
weiland/doubront/wilson/ranaudo

life right field, the fifth spot is a place boston can afford to save money in 2012