So it is finally going to happen. Yu Darvish will be posted Thursday.
I have 3 questions for you.
- Would you bid for him if you were the Jays?
- How much would you bid?
- Do you think the Jays will bid?
Me? Yeah I'd bid. I think this is a guys I'd like to get. I think I'd bid $45 million. I think that is a good bid. If one of the other teams goes into the $50+ range, I could live with losing. And I do think the Jays will bid. I think that since Alex went over to Japan to scout Yu out himself, they must be interested.
He's just 25, so he has a lot of baseball left in him. He has good numbers in Japan, course I'm not sure how that will translate here:
Darvish hasn't posted an ERA above 2.00 since 2007. HIs 2011 resume included 232 innings of 1.44 ERA ball with a whopping 10.7 K/9 and a 1.4 BB/9 that contributed to his microscopic 0.83 WHIP. He allowed only five home runs in those 232 innings.
It is a lot of money, but he could turn out to be very good. I think you'd be looking at about $12 to $15 million a year for a contract after the posting.