Are the Rangers and Blue Jays the Favorites for Darvish?

by kelly on December 15, 2011

MLB has not yet announced the winner of the high bid on Japanese starter Yu Darvish, but there is a lot of talk about who is in and who is out.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted this morning that the Blue Jays might have gone higher than $50 million, while the Rangers’ bid could be between $40 million and $49 million.

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If the Jays land Darvish, the 25-year-old righty would join a young rotation led by All Star Ricky Romero, and signal Toronto making a clear push in the AL East. The two-time defending American League champion Rangers would gain a replacement for departed free agent C.J. Wilson, and provide some extra insurance as they plan to attempt to transition closer Neftali Feliz into the rotation.

UPDATE: It sounds like the Darvish bid winner won’t be revealed until Tuesday, which is the deadline for Darvish’s Japanese team to accept the bid.

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