Silent Auction for Darvish Ends

by Matthew on December 15, 2011

The deadline for teams to bid on negotiating rights for 25-year-old Japanese right-handed power pitcher Yu Darvish ended earlier this evening.

But the mystery of who may have won those exclusive rights still remains unknown.

However, what we do know is that the offer is astronomical (possibly $150 million including the posting fee), and that while the Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Blue Jays are the only known clubs to make a bid, the Giants, Athletics, Marlins, Mets,  Angels, Twins, Red Sox and Orioles are all out of the running, according to reports that appeared all over Twitter and multiple blog posts late Wednesday night.

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Now the U.S. commissioner’s office will notify its Japanese counterpart of the amount of the highest bid, but will not reveal the identity of the club that made the offer.

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, with whom Darvish is employed,  will then have until 5 p.m. EST on December 20 to accept or reject the offer,  sending their answer back to the MLB who will announce the team that won the rights.

That club will have 30 days to agree to strike a deal, or Darvish will go back to Japan.

The 6-foot-5 Darvish who throws a fastball in the mid to upper-90s, was 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and a league-leading 276 strikeouts in 232 innings last season, and has yet to post an ERA above 2.00 since 2007.

So will we be seeing Darvish in pinstripes next season? I guess will have to wait a little longer to find out.

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