Far East Notes: Darvish, Aoki, Nippert

Here's the latest on Japanese players who could be coming to North America and a North American who's staying in South Korea…

  • There is "a bit of concern" among executives that Yu Darvish won't decide to be posted this winter, tweets SI's Jon Heyman.  It has been widely assumed that Darvish would be posted and immediately become one of the most sought-after pitchers on the market, despite the fact that it will cost a team at least $100MM to both win the posting bid and then sign Darvish to a contract.
  • The transition to four days' rest from six days' rest between starts will be the biggest transition for Darvish if he comes to the Major Leagues, writes ESPN's Jason Coskrey.  Coskrey also provides brief scouting reports of Wei-Yin Chen, Hisashi Iwakuma and Tsuyoshi Wada, three pitchers likely to make the jump from NPB to MLB this winter.
  • Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Twitter) suggests the Indians aren’t likely to pursue Norichika Aoki, the three-time Central League batting champion who will be posted this offseason. As Hoynes reported yesterday, however, the Indians are interested in Japanese right-hander Shinobu Fukuhara.
  • Dustin Nippert has signed a new two-year deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization, reports Dan of MyKBO.net (Twitter link).  Nippert originally signed with Doosan in March.  The 30-year-old right-hander pitched three seasons each with the Diamondbacks and Rangers from 2005-2010 before being non-tendered by Texas last offseason.

MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith also contributed to this post


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20 Comments on "Far East Notes: Darvish, Aoki, Nippert"


MrBaseball29
3 years 9 months ago

If Darvish don’t post I’ll never watch the MLB again

NickinIthaca
3 years 9 months ago

What’s your reasoning for feeling that way?  MLB won’t get any worse because of it, considering he hasn’t played any games over here yet…

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

I hope Darvish doesn’t post. He’s being way overvalued right now. Wait a year so his posting fee drops

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

if he’s smart he’ll post and not sign, that way he can sign the following year without the posting system.. He’ll probably get a much bigger contract without a team having to shell out the posting fee

MrBaseball29
3 years 9 months ago

He’s not a FA till like 17

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 huh?

shockey12
3 years 9 months ago

He is still under contract with the Fighters until 2014 or 2015 so if he doesn’t sign after getting posted the he’ll have to wait until his contract Is up.

MrBaseball29
3 years 9 months ago

I thought it was until 2017

Commander_Nate
3 years 9 months ago

It’s 2014. Until then, he’d have to be posted.

bobbybaseball
3 years 9 months ago

I bet both the Red Sox and the Cubs pass on him if he does post after the results of the
Dice-K experiment.  

3 years 9 months ago

Yu Darvish is a tease.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t worry guys, see, I posted?

EdinsonPickle
3 years 9 months ago

How clever! See what he did there! His name is Yu Darvish and he “posted” like posting on a forum!!! Tee hee!

Mariners4Ever
3 years 9 months ago

Man you corny!…. goodness gracious!

3 years 9 months ago

How is that corny please tell me

Mariners4Ever
3 years 9 months ago

My bad should be more aware what i write from now on.

3 years 9 months ago

Now thats very funny,hehe

3 years 9 months ago

I don’t get it…

😛

3 years 9 months ago

You don’t get it.Darvish just posted on here,hehe

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Please learn how sarcasm works sir..