Report: Yu Darvish To Be Posted

If you're a fan of a team that's interested in starting pitching, most of the Winter Meetings brouhaha has centered around Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson. But a challenger appears! According to a report from Nikkan Sports (via @DaigoFuji), Yu Darvish is interested in coming over from Japan.

The 25-year-old Darvish has been one of Japan's top pitchers since he was 18, and he hasn't had an ERA over 2.00 since 2006. This is even more impressive when you consider that the average NPB ballpark is about 200 ft. to the power alleys. Darvish's stats, via his Wikipedia page.

Nippon Professional Baseball
Year Age Team W L W% GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP league ERA
2005 18 Nippon Ham 5 5 .500 14 2 1 94.1 97 37 37 7 48 52 3.53 1.54 4.06
2006 19 12 5 .706 24 3 2 149.2 128 55 48 12 64 115 2.89 1.28 3.62
2007 20 15 5 .750 26 12 3 207.2 123 48 42 9 49 210 1.82 0.83 3.57
2008 21 16 4 .800 24 10 2 200.2 136 44 42 11 44 208 1.88 0.90 3.90
2009 22 15 5 .750 23 8 2 182 118 36 35 9 45 167 1.73 0.90 4.03
2010 23 12 8 .600 25 10 2 202 158 48 40 5 47 222 1.78 1.01 3.94
2011 24 18 6 .750 28 10 6 232 156 42 37 5 36 276 1.44 0.83 2.95
Career 93 38 .710 164 55 18 1268.1 916 310 281 58 333 1259 1.99 0.98  

It's not exactly like those stats would just translate right over, but it's worth noting that his numbers -- especially the low walks total -- are superior to the stats that Daisuke Matsuzaka turned into six years and $52 million after the Boston Red Sox paid $51 million just for negotiating rights. 

Teams interested in Darvish will have to submit a bid to his current team, the Nippon Ham Fighters, and the highest bid will get the right to negotiate a contract with him. There's a chance that the Matsuzaka experiment will scare teams into a reasonable contract and posting fee, but there's also a better chance that Darvish will get a huge contract from a team. Dude's good. 

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