Winning Darvish Bid Exceeds Matsuzaka’s Record

It's been three full days since the posting period for Yu Darvish has closed, but we're still waiting to find out which team placed the high bid. That high bid will be a posting process record according to Franz Lidz of, who hears from Japanese league officials that the winning bid exceeds the $51.1MM the Red Sox paid for the right to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka five years ago. The exact amount is unknown.

Yesterday we heard that the Blue Jays bid north of $40MM, making them the favorites for the 25-year-old right-hander. The Rangers, Yankees, and Cubs also submitted bids for Darvish, while the Red Sox, Nationals, Giants, Athletics, Marlins, Orioles, Mets, Rays, Angels, and Twins did not. Nearly 7,500 MLBTR readers believe he'll land in New York with the Yankees. The Nippon Ham Fighters are expected to accept the high bid just before Tuesday's deadline.

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