Rangers Won Darvish Bidding Easily

The Rangers won the rights to Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish with a $51.7MM bid this week and though the Toronto Star reported yesterday that the Blue Jays weren't far behind, reports today indicate the Rangers outbid rival teams by a significant margin.

Jeff Blair said this morning on Sportsnet 590 the FAN that the Blue Jays "did not bid $50MM, as the Toronto Star is reporting. That's totally, absolutely false and inaccurate" (hat tip Drunk Jays Fans). Buster Olney of ESPN.com believes the Blue Jays were in, but not close and suggests “nobody, including Toronto, was within country miles” of the Rangers’ bid (Twitter links). Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com agrees that no one else was close. The Rangers easily out-bid the Blue Jays and the Yankees bid in the $15-17MM range, according to Heyman.

Darvish posted a 1.44 ERA with 10.7 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 232 innings this past season and he hasn't posted an ERA above 2.00 since 2007. The Rangers have until January 18th to work out a deal with him. If the sides don't agree to a deal by next month's deadline, Darvish will stay in Japan and the Nippon Ham Fighters won't obtain any cash from the Rangers.


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94 Comments on "Rangers Won Darvish Bidding Easily"


notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

guess jays fans are right about that griffin guy. i will now remember him as richard cafardo

3 years 7 months ago

haha. griffin is good at the lovey dovey part of writing baseball. stories about the players lives, backgrounds, etc. 

but he isnt very much use if you want real baseball analysis or reliable insider info.

cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

Leave it to the media to again post false accusations like they always do.  NO ONE has a clue except AA what the Jays bid and for so-called reporters to post anything different shows their stupidity.  It is all speculation on their part, with absolutely nothing to back up their claims.  The only thing that is factual is the Rangers won with a bid of 51.7 million.  If it was a fifty million overbid, who cares, since teams aren’t going to disclose how much they bid.  Why, because greedy and ruthless agents will use that information against the teams when it comes to free agents or players that want to sign extensions. 

Leave it to these clowns (I would say journalists, but everyone knows they aren’t) to stir the pot, when they have nothing else to write about.  These are the same idiots that wrote for days that the Jays had the top bid and no one else was close.  This is just another way to try to save their reputations, which are now zero in the eyes of fans everywhere.  No one believes journalists like Blair, Gray, Olney, or Heyman if they say good morning.  People will rush to the windows to see if it is or not, showing how irrelevant their opinions are now.

3 years 7 months ago

A fifty million overbid would mean that no one else even bid $2M… just saying

bjsguess
3 years 7 months ago

AA isn’t the only person to know. There are plenty of rumors around what teams bid for Dice-K. Will the general public ever “know” for sure? Probably not. 

However, it’s a pretty fair assumption that the Rangers overbid by at least $15m … and probably a lot more than that. It will be very interesting if Darvish commands an $18m or so salary on top of his posting fee.Contrary to your opinion reporters (with incredibly rare exception) do NOT make up stuff. They may use bad sources. They may have bad information passed to them. There are all sorts of reasons why “rumors” may later turn out to be false. Making stuff up … that’s way down the list of reasons why reporting is later proven to be wrong.

cyberboo
3 years 7 months ago

Fair enough.  Show me the books from every team in baseball and the amounts bid.  If you can’t provide that and neither can any of the journalists that posted their speculation opinions, that makes everything they said “Made up” and not valid.  Texas may have won with a bid that was 100,000 dollars more than the next team and since not one team in baseball will confirm or deny it, no one can say anything contrary to opinion. 

That is like saying the Dodgers are paying Kemp 20 billion dollars a season, but until the actual team comes out and says 20 million, the journalists posting 20 billion will look like fools for printing garbage in the media.  If a GM says something, fine, print it.  If the first cousin of the friend, of the friend of the wife of an usher that formerly worked as a vendor at the stadium is the source, journalists shouldn’t post anything to deceive the public. 

That is exactly what they are doing and gullible fans eat it up, with absolutely zero credibility, hence rumours – not fact.  That is how this site thrives on speculation.  Idiots invent things with nothing concrete to go on and fans comment on it, as if they are replying to facts.  The only facts that appear come from the actual teams themselves, not from the journalists.  I will agree that things do get leaked to the journalists from agents, players, etc, but those are the exceptions, not the rule.

rikersbeard
3 years 7 months ago

Your first point is just wrong. If a journalist has a source in the mlb who tells the journalist what he is hearing about the bids, then that is not “made up.” It is not fully substantiated, but it is not made up (as in “out of thin air”).

Also, that is not the correct use of “valid.” Validity has to do with the inferential move between two claims. It regards logical structure. 

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

Can you really say that they overbid by 15mm? It was a sealed bid and the Rangers bid what they thought it would take. Very easy to say after the fact and numbers are getting reported that the bid won by 15mm so they overbid. In a silent and blind auction like this the goal is to win with an amount that you feel comfortable. The Rangers were comfortable with investing almost 52mm so it is not an overbid to them.

3 years 7 months ago

probably the correct word should have been “outbid” more than “overbid”

Brian McFarlane
3 years 7 months ago

He’s a has-been drunk who drives the whole town crazy when he whines and moans how great the Expos were, just because they would load him up with Molsons when he was on that beat. You really can tell when he is completely loaded, his column is even worse than usual, when he spews out what he believes is writing. He has something on somebody, or pays them so he can work there.
Useless.

3 years 7 months ago

Sometimes I wonder if these “SOURCES” make things up.

StanleyPujols
3 years 7 months ago

“sources” are almost always the players’ agents or team executives. Folks like Heyman, Rosenthal, Nightengale, etc…are known to have credible sources which is why you always see the same people breaking stories.  These guys aren’t just some suckers from a blog with no connections.

3 years 7 months ago

This actually feels alot better.  The last week has been rather embarrassing. 

edit: I say this from a Jays fans perspective.

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

A Blue Jays and a Habs fan?  I never would have imagined it possible!

Evan Wood
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t believe this report at all. Blue Jays are just trying to save face now and make it appear that they were not putting all their eggs in this basket.

John McFadin
3 years 7 months ago

I agree.  I think they came close, but it’s a lot easier to say, “haha stupid Rangers!  No one but you thought he was worth that much!”  As opposed to “sorry fans, we were only $50K away and just couldn’t do it.”

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

completely wrong perspective.. no one is trying to save face..

its more about jays fans trying to figure out if the ownership is sincere in their willingness to spend.

Jays fans would love darvish, even at that price

txrangers222
3 years 7 months ago

yu darvish is going to great for us he is way better than dice k

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

The Jays didn’t even release their bid and they don’t intend to.  The media fooled a lot of fans but knowing the Jays GM it is more likely they were out bid by a lot than a little.

3 years 7 months ago

“The Media” being 1) Jon Morosi, who points at the Jays in every rumor and 2) A sportswriter from Manchester, NH without a credible source who just wanted blog hits.

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah only 2 reporters talked about the Jays winning the Darvish bid and bid numbers all week…

3 years 7 months ago

They were the ones  I saw holding the gasoline can over the fire.

Morley C
3 years 7 months ago

How are they trying to save face? The only thing anyone in the organization has said is Anthopoulos saying they wouldn’t comment if they bid or not, which is exactly what they did before the fans whipped themselves up into a frenzy.

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

I said the same about the Marlins and their offer to Pujols

rzepczynski
3 years 7 months ago

DJF FTW

3 years 7 months ago

The hilarious part is that Stoeten got into a big argument with a guy on the boards who was saying exactly what’s in this post.  Stoeten was steadfastly believing Griffin’s nonsense even after Blair’s comments, and now he’s getting credit on MLBTR for a post saying the opposite.

Pingston
3 years 7 months ago

I believe Griffin over Blair.  More experience and more credibility.  Blair did not say what his source was so no reason to believe him.  he works for Rogers who are now trying to downplay bid.

3 years 7 months ago

Well that’s disappointing to hear about the jays…I really want them to get some pitching help though. We need a better number 2.

scott brecht
3 years 7 months ago

Wow.  That is pretty crazy if it’s true.  Overbidding by over 30 MIL is awful.  I thought more teams would be in the 20-30 range.  

3 years 7 months ago

The report suggest the difference between the Rangers bid and TOR & NYY was $15-17M. Which would make Toronto’s bid around $35M

scott brecht
3 years 7 months ago

wrong.  read the article. 

“The Blue Jays’ exact bid isn’t known, but word is that Texas easily won. The Yankees’ bid is believed to have been somewehere in the range of $15-to-17 million but isn’t exactly know, either. Reports suggested the Cubs also bid, and perhaps other teams did, too. “

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months ago

I read the article. It says “according to Heyman”, so I’m not buying it.

3 years 7 months ago

Its not like its anything new… didn’t the Rangers bid against themselves for Aroid?

3 years 7 months ago

The system favors one side and that’s the NPB team. The player gets conned and the MLB team often bids against noone. I don’t feel bad for the MLB team but I sympathize with the player.

3 years 7 months ago

So Bobby Scales (Ex-Cubs, now with Nippon Ham Fighters) said that Darvish wanted to help the Fighters out, and by being posted, makes the team a lot of money. Not totally buying it, but just a thought.

3 years 7 months ago

Well, the Fighters couldn’t really afford to keep him and according to some things I’ve read from Japan they wanted to post him last year and had to scramble to afford him. Sapporo isn’t the biggest market for baseball in Japan (isolated from the rest of the country, relatively new team/sport to the region, more rural than much of Japan…) so it looks like a mutually beneficial situation. Typically the team and the player agree to go forward with posting. Players aren’t posted against thier will but once the process starts they have very little leverage.

jpkinney7
3 years 7 months ago

The possibility that Darvish signs this offseason is 50/50 IMO.  If reports are true, Darvish could have gone for a bid of 25M.  Darvish is going to want 5 years/75M, at least.   I think teams knew that Darvish would want that type of money, and the only way that was happening is if 25M won the bidding (100M Total Investment). I get your point, but I think this will ultimately hurt Yu Darvish.  

Also, his Japanese agent, Don Nomura, is a complete loony toon.   The A’s (Beane and Co.) attempted to deal with this clown last year.   Get ready for some ridiculous statements coming from Japan via Twitter Account – link to twitter.com!/donnomura – They are saying all the right things right now, but a statement like“The Rangers are an extraordinary franchise in an exceptional city with equally exceptional fans. Yu is honored to be prized so highly and recognized as a once-in-a-generation pitcher. We look forward to getting negotiations under way,”… This is gonna get ugly.

3 years 7 months ago

The posting system is awful, but it’s all we have right now. Also, I think Arn Tellem is Darvish’s new agent…not 100% on that, though. But yeah, Nomura is kind of a wacko. 

3 years 7 months ago

So we fix the posting system this way:
The high bidder gets a 20 day exclusive negotiating window, but if they cant reach an agreement, the next highest bidding team gets to join and the two teams get to go head to head in signing the player.

In the event that the 2nd highest bidding team is already set for the offseason, they may allow the 3rd highest bidding team negotiate with the player with the stipulation that the 3rd team would pay a 5% “passing the baton” fee if the player signs.  This fee would be 5% of the 3rd team’s posting bid.

This would allow for a higher likelihood of a player signing, and the NPB team would be given the 3 highest bids for consideration.

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

I can see some merits in what you are saying but also some holes that I doubt the Japanese league would agree with. First, most players usually sign so the Japanese team gets the high bid amount. Last year with Oakland was the anomaly. So take this year for instance and these numbers for sake of this argument and that these are the 1-3 high bidders. Texas – 52mm, Tor – 40mm, and NYY – 20mm. So Texas doesn’t get it done in the 20 days and now Toronto gets on the clock. Tor decides to pass so now NYY has the rights and gets a deal done. Suddenly Nippon Ham is getting 20mm instead of 52? They accepted the winning bid of 52 and now that is getting cut by 62%. No way they accept that anymore.

You would also now get teams bidding unrealistic amounts just to try to keep other teams out of it. So Tampa doesn’t want Darvish coming to the East so they submit a bid of 75mm just so they are first on the books. It now gets passed down to Texas who signs him because they will not pass the baton as you say.

As I said, I see some merits and agree that something needs to change but I don’t think your initial idea is the answer. Also, Japan has to agree and right now they make a lot of money for their teams with the current posting system.

3 years 7 months ago

Your idea of bidding to block is ridiculous just because the system currently allows for that ENTIRELY.

If the Rangers and Toronto had bid 30M and 25M respectively, do you think Nippon Ham would have said “no”?  The point was that the NPB team would be given the top 3 bids and be given the opportunity to decide if the lowest $$ would be acceptable, knowing that they very well could be stuck with that figure well before… no bait and switch here.

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

But the system is also set that the person with the commodity (Japanese baseball team) gets to sell their commodity to the highest bidder, in essence a free market. This is not free agency for this player. It is a trade of sorts very similar to any trade that happens in MLB with players under team control but the currency is prospects and not the cold hard cash Japan seeks. Gio Gonzalez has no choice on who he gets traded to right now just like Darvish has no choice as to who gets his rights. If the system you proposed, I did say it does have merit, you have good points, were to be instilled then it is basically a controlled free agency. If I was the GM for the 2nd or third team I would get to pay less to the Japanese team and would be leaking in the media who much money I was gonna pay this guy. The first team would never win and never sign the guy in the first 20 days as the player would want that competition for his services so he could make more money. Now you have a free agent battle between two clubs for a guy who has not yet earned that right to free agency, even though he will be paid by the winning club like he is a free agent. 

People have often said that they need an international draft but the Japanese leagues will never agree to this because they will not make the huge amounts for the players they control and that would keep players like Darvish in Japan for another 2 years (I think).

3 years 7 months ago

How about we fix the posting system by taking out back and shooting it. International free agency or draft.

3 years 7 months ago

Japanese baseball far different from other countries’ systems.  Japan has their players signed to firm contracts.  This is a way of selling the rights to a player under contract to a major league team.

Yu Darvish, if not signed by the Rangers, is not available for free agency in MLB until AFTER the 2013 season.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Nolan Ryan must be pissed lol.

3 years 7 months ago

Nolan Ryan doesn’t get pissed. He gets even.

NickinIthaca
3 years 7 months ago

He’s the Chuck Norris of the baseball world…

3 years 7 months ago

But still, only #2 in Texas.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

i dont see why, they valued darvish at 51.7 million
and won him for 51.7 million

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

They’d be pissed because they could have saved Wilson with the extra money they spent.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

they barely made an offer to wilson..

obviously the rangers didn’t want him back.

3 years 7 months ago

The Rangers let him go. They could have obviously offered him more than the Angels. There are reasons that they didn’t care too much to “make him feel special” as CJ put it.

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

It was also a closed bid. You have no idea what somebody else is bidding. They put forth a budget and went after it with what they felt they were comfortable with. If they had bid 10mm less and lost knowing they were comfortable going to 52mm then they would be pissed.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

I doubt it’s true. Reports I saw said Darvish would be insulted if the winning bid was less than Dice-K. So if teams were serious on Darvish (which Toronto definitely seemed to be) then they would’ve bid at least in the 45 mill range.

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t blame Rogers or AA for my disappointment, I blame the media for always trying to make a story out of nothing (I do understand it’s their job) when the Jays GM is as close-lipped as you can find.  But I have never seen so many reports and reporters flip-flop in the past week than I have with this whole story.

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

And yet we are on here daily looking and hoping there is another story.

sports33
3 years 7 months ago

Man, Stoeten is getting a lot of mainstream media coverage this week…

Madman2TX
3 years 7 months ago

Tomorrow’s update: the Rangers were the lone bidder. Day after tomorrow: There really is no Yu Darvish.

shane abbas
3 years 7 months ago

There has been reports that Yu Darvish is the man in white. Stay tuned for more.

3 years 7 months ago

Yu Darvish is the Man in Black… beware the “flashy thingy”!

3 years 7 months ago

300 days from now: The Rangers lose another World Series.

Jade Mcdermott
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t believe it was that low you mean to tell me the jays sent a whole bunch of scout and AA himself to Japan to scout him and only bid 15 mill. Maybe they are stupid

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

You misread…they are saying the Rangers bid around 15-17 million more than Toronto or NY.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 7 months ago

No, the article clearly states the Yankees’ bid was in the $15-17M range; not that the Rangers bid $15-17 million more than Toronto or NY.

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

You are right, my fault, not the best wording, still took me a couple times after you said it to read it right.

3 years 7 months ago

This is all unsubstantiated.  People are just reporting that they think the Jays weren’t close, but nobody from the Jays have released anything yet, so they might have bid $51.6MM, they might have bid $25MM, they might not have bid at all.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

Rangers are desperate is what I got from this.

3 years 7 months ago

Rangers wanted to make sure they got their man.
Nothing about this posting process is pretty.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months ago

Who would’ve thought that other teams would bid less than what the Red Sox did for Matsuzaka.

Vmmercan
3 years 7 months ago

God, the Rangers are so bad for baseball. LOLZ bidding the price of a superstar just to talk to a player!!?! OMG we need a salary cap or the Rangers will loss the WS every year! It’s not fair!!!

3 years 7 months ago

OMG LIKE LOL

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

How will the Yankees and Red Sox ever be able to be competitive with the Rangers around?

Jade Mcdermott
3 years 7 months ago

Spend some money jays my Rogers cable bill keeps going up but jays budget always stays the same . Don’t be do cheap

oz10
3 years 7 months ago

Because all of the money from Rogers Cable goes to the Jays……..(sarcasm)

Jade Mcdermott
3 years 7 months ago

No but alot of it does

Braydon Gervais
3 years 7 months ago

Because I wasn’t already depressed enough over this…?

Thanks. I’m going to go buy a tub of ice cream and watch his highlights.

StanleyPujols
3 years 7 months ago

Jays fans are a funny bunch.

3 years 7 months ago

Yes, they are. Very, very insecure. Although, how does a fan come down to Earth gracefully after back-to-back rings?

tycobb
3 years 7 months ago

Jays fans just expect AA to be in the middle of everything, and that AA is going to pull another one out of a hat like with Wells. Don`t forget every post with a Jays headline gets 150 to 200 replys.

Jaysfan724
3 years 7 months ago

You should see the actual Jays site, so many cry babies and trolls…it’s very annoying.  At least you can have intelligent discussion on here.