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#1 Swarly

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:20 PM

So where does this guy end up? The bidding ended today and the two early favorites are the Rangers and Blue Jays, but it's been confirmed that the following teams have all placed a bid:

Rangers
Blue Jays
Cubs
Yankees

Teams that officially did not bid:

Angels
Red Sox
Twins
Marlins
Orioles
Reds
Rays

Some dark horses that are being brought up as a strong possibility for Darvish:
Nationals
Mariners

I think the Blue Jays end up winning the bid. Their GM/ownership/whatever has been saying they're ready to significantly increase the payroll when they feel the time is right. Darvish looks to be the real deal and it's a risk they have to take IMO if they want to compete for the AL East.

Obviously as a Nationals fan I hope they win the bid, but considering rumors are going around that the winning bid is SIGNIFICANTLY higher than $50 million dollars, add a $70-90 million dollar contract onto that and it's a whole lotta money for a guy who has never pitched in the MLB.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:09 AM

I don't get it.

Dice-K anyone?

I hope it isn't the Cubs.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:42 PM

I don't get it.

Dice-K anyone?

I hope it isn't the Cubs.


Not really comparable tbh. Darvish is on a different level than Dice ever was.

Kevin Goldstein(Baseball Prospectus) put it best:

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If I say I'm not sure about Gerrit Cole, because fellow UCLA-alum Josh Karp didn't work out, that makes as much sense as Yu/Dice-K comp.


Jays are looking to be the team that put in the high bid. Lucky them, they just got an ace.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 03:20 PM

I'm not talking talent necessarily, I'm talking money.

Ballplayers....something gets lost in translation.

I will be happy to be proven wrong, happens all the time, but I'm thinking this guy will be just another colossal waste of money for somebody.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 04:48 AM

Rangers won the bids... have a month to sign him or he goes back to japan