Blue Jays Bid $50MM For Darvish

The Blue Jays bid over $50MM for Yu Darvish, falling just short of the Rangers' $51.7MM bid, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star. Here's the latest on the Blue Jays’ division, starting with a right-hander who spent three up-and-down seasons in Toronto… 

  • Several teams are kicking the tires on acquiring A.J. Burnett, but the Yankees will have to absorb significant salary to make a deal and Burnett can veto trades to ten teams per year, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.
  • The Yankees bid less than $20MM for Darvish, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.
  • Orioles GM Dan Duquette explains the team's shrinking pro scouting department to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. "In an effort to make an impact on the franchise, I can argue that the scouts are most valuable to a team at the amateur level,” Duquette said. “They can have a bigger impact on this organization.”
  • Former Rays catcher Toby Hall has decided to retire, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. The 36-year-old spent seven seasons with the Rays and last played in the Major Leagues in 2008. 
  • Dan Hayes of the North County Times hears the Rays are one of the teams that has asked the Padres about Anthony Rizzo (Twitter link). However, the Padres, who have been flooded with interest, aren't matching up that well with the Rays at this point, according to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN.com (on Twitter).
  • MLB executives expect Gio Gonzalez to be traded relatively soon now that Darvish is no longer available, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). The Red Sox are among Gonzalez’s suitors.


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134 Comments on "Blue Jays Bid $50MM For Darvish"


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MB923
3 years 6 months ago


Several teams are kicking the tires on acquiring A.J. Burnett, but the Yankees will have to absorb significant salary to make a deal and Burnett can veto trades to ten teams per year, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.”

I’ll take a bag of balls for him.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Ok, but you have to give the bag back.

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MB923
3 years 6 months ago

We keep the bag and give you back A-Rod instead. 

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Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Or we’ll just keep the bag.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Teixera or the deal’s off.

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MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Deal off.

Next topic, manager exchanging. You give us Wash for our next ALDS and ALCS, we’ll give you Joe for your next WS (Hey they are a combined 5-0 in those)

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0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

Francona’s a free agent and he’s 8-0 in the WS.

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MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Francona FTW

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MB923
3 years 6 months ago

I wonder if the Jays bid $51.6 million

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Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

I can’t imagine what profanities AA would be yelling if they did. If they were serious about Darvish then that knowing they were just 200k off would suck.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I doubt this report is completely accurate, but if it is, it’s good for the Rangers. It would at least mean that they didn’t outbid everyone else by a large amount…just enough to win. As I said, this news would not get out though.

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Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Either way you think about it though. Spending only 300k more than the Dice-k bid for a far superior pitcher and winning the bid is impressive in its own right.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Yea, it is. I’m cautiously excited about this. They’ve made me happy I renewed my season tickets again this year. I’m sure i’ll see that posting fee when my ticket renewal form comes in the mail next year though.

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$21002046
3 years 6 months ago

He’s not superior to anyone until he pitches in MLB…..

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Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Speaking directly about stats from Japan, Darvish is superior to Dice-K. Speaking in terms of stuff and make up, Darvish is younger, taller, has better stuff, sick offspeed pitches, and sky high potential, he is vastly superior over Dice-K.

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$21002046
3 years 6 months ago

IF he is effective in the U.S. and IF he stays healthy he may be worth getting excited about. Fully 90% of Japanese “greats” have been below average big league players. Karl Spooner was better than Sandy Koufax at one time too. Get back to us in a couple of years and I may agree, but until he does something, anything in the majors, he’s not even superior to Vin Mazzaro

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0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

With the Matsuzaka bidding, teams could at least say “Seriously? Wow, didn’t see that coming” considering the next highest bid was something like $30MM. If this report is accurate, that’s got to hurt.

That said, I don’t doubt its accuracy. Toronto and Texas were considered the two biggest suitors and reports coming out ahead of the bidding were that Darvish and his representation would be insulted by anything less than what Matsuzaka’s posting fee was, meaning anyone seriously interested was apt to top that $51.1MM fee.

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0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

I’m pretty sure knowing you were off by under a couple million on a bid exceeding fifty million has got to be plenty demoralizing enough that it only being a difference of 200K probably wouldn’t be any worse.

Either that or the Jays just weren’t all that serious with their $50MM+ bid.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

demoralizing is the absolute best word to describe this scenario.

Imagine convincing owner ship that this is the best bet, and then falling so short..

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slider32
3 years 6 months ago

It sucks as it is the Jays were the only other serious competiter for Darvish. What a downer.

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vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

So assuming they were willing to dole out the posting fee and then 5/80 or whatever to sign him means that they should have money to spend. Time for AA to place a call to Mr. Boras re: Edwin Jackson and Ryan Madson.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t believe a word of that reported Jays bid.  There’s no way Griffin knows, as the Jays would never let it leak (which they made very clear today in an AA conference call).

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johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

Not even Paul Beaston?  I wonder if James Paxton has an opinion on the matter?

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dredog
3 years 6 months ago

What does Kevin Gray say?

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slider32
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe the leak was in Japan?

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FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 6 months ago

the nippon ham fighters only get information on the top bid, so they wouldn’t know what the Jays bid.

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renegadeisback
3 years 6 months ago

According to Griffin’s sources/drinking buddies.

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

not to be confused with bob elliott’s drinking buddies

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0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago


The Blue Jays bid over $50MM for Yu Darvish, falling just short”

Ouch.

“Burnett can veto trades to ten teams per year”

I totally misunderstood that for a second. I was just imaging a scenario of the Yankees basically asking and asking and then upon getting to the eleventh potential suitor saying “Ha! You’re maxed out on your NTC!”

“The Red Sox are among Gonzalez’s suitors.”

Is this remark just in here to tie in all 5 ALE teams? It seems rather out of place.

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101andCounting
3 years 6 months ago

I think it’s more because it’s Heyman’s column. It’s not like he’d go a whole column without scratching the Red Sox behind the ear*

*This was originally a much more obscene metaphor, but I didn’t want to tick off the mods.

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JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 6 months ago

I think it’s so that this post shows up in the twitter feeds of redsox fans for more page views. 😀

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slider32
3 years 6 months ago

AJ will win 14 games for the Yanks this year. Burnett is 121-111 in 12 seasons with a 4.10 ERA not too shabby. This is better than Don Larson for his career.

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0bsessions
3 years 6 months ago

John Lackey won twelve for the Sox this year, doesn’t change the fact he stunk out loud. Yeah, it’s entirely feasible Burnett will have fourteen decisions that come up as wins for him, but the Yankees offense will have a lot more to do with that than him not being a bad pitcher.

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slider32
3 years 6 months ago

John Lackey isn’t pitching this year, he will get no wins. Dice K insn’t pitching this year he will get not wins, Johan Santana didn’t pitch last year, and go no wins. Who would you rather have.

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Are my only two choices AJ Burnett or Don Larsen?

Member
3 years 6 months ago

LOL, I remember him being up something like 11-0 after the second and he couldnt even make it to the fifth inning to get the decision. He left in the 4th with the score at 11-7 or something close to that.