The Washington Nationals have spent most of the offseason looking for a starting pitcher they can put at the top of their rotation with Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, but they lost out on both Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson. Based on their over-the-top contract to Jayson Werth, some thought that they would be favorites to do the same with a bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish.
Well, I did anyway.
But it looks like the Nats didn't even want to play the game at all. From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
Washington did not submit a posting bid, according to multiple people with knowledge, opting to stay on the sidelines of a sweepstakes that will cost whomever lands the Japanese superstar upwards of $100 million.
With the Nats supposedly out, and the Yankees making a modest bid, that seems to leave the Cubs, Rangers, and Blue Jays as likely destinations for Darvish. The New York Post earlier today reported that the Blue Jays had the winning bid for Darvish.