Here's the latest on Yu Darvish, who announced he would agree to post and is drawing intense interest around the Majors:
Japanese star Yu Darvish agrees to be posted - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
There are the early favorites: the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, both of whom have scouted Darvish heavily, both of whom have money to spend, both of whom could use a top-of-the-rotation starter.
In this universe, does Yu Darvish make any sense for the Reds? - Red Reporter
"An $80M investment is obviously outside the realm of possibility for the Reds, which is too bad. If Darvish became the team's bona fide ace or at least the Drysdale to Cueto's Koufax (offseason optimism!), it would certainly be worth it. But the uncertainty and upfront cost are just too much. For now, we'll have to wait on Walt to wheel and deal his way to an ace by dangling various Reds' prospects."
Yu Darvish will be posted, and the Nationals are interested - Nationals Journal - The Washington Post
"The Nationals have extensively scouted Darvish, and General Manager Mike Rizzo watched Darvish pitch in person last year. Rizzo would not divulge whether the Nationals planned to enter the bidding on Darvish, but even his decline to comment suggested they probably will."
- Nats Insider: Darvish posted, will Nats submit bid? - Mark Zuckerman
"The posting system gives teams four days to submit blind bids, simply for the rights to negotiate with Darvish. Darvish's Japanese club, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, then have four days to select a bid (typically the club that offers the most money)."
- Ben Cherington: Red Sox are in ‘good position’ on pitching - WEEI
"On whether the Sox will pursue Yu Darvish: 'I’m not sure the timing of this offseason puts us in a position to be the most aggressive team. But he’s a good pitcher, and we have a lot of respect for him. We’ll certainly discuss it and figure out if a post makes sense.'"
Yu Darvish to Post; Bidding Set to Begin - MLB Daily Dish
"Agent Don Nomura has announced that Yu Darvish will post tomorrow. Darvish, 25, is drawing attention from clubs like the Yankees, Nationals, Rangers, and Blue Jays and will doubtless make an impact on the current starting pitcher market."
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