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Yanks May Prefer Darvish



By Frank Russo ~ November 7th, 2011. Filed under: Morning Digest, New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

You heard the reports about the Yankees opening up talks with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber. According to my source, however, Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer are pushing hard for Brian Cashman to go after Yu Darvish.

Mike Silva adds:

I said on yesterday’s show that it might make more sense to go after Darvish, who could cost similar money, because of his upside. Yes, the Yankees have struck out on other NPB pitchers (Irabu, Igawa), but Cashman recently said the team is “more educated” about the Japanese market.

When the Red Sox beat out the Yankees and Mets for the rights of Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006, the bid reached over $50 million dollars. When you include his contract, which could be worth as much as $60 million, the total investment is well over $100 million. Here is Darvish’s career record in NPB to date:

If Darvish opts out, he would probably want to do it this winter since the upper-tier free agent starter market is so weak. You have Wilson, and then veterans like Roy Oswalt and Mark Buehrle.

Personally, all things being equal, I would sign Oswalt or Buehrle to a one year deal and makes the kids as the backup to injury. Next winter the Yankees possibly could have their choice of Cole Hamels, Matt Cain, Francisco Liriano, and possibly Dan Haren or Tim Hudson.

I know some have discussed the possibility of trading for another team’s ace, but that seems so unlikely. The Yankees haven’t pulled off a major trade since acquiring Javier Vazquez and Curtis Granderson in December of 2009. With teams demanding multiple top prospects from the Yanks, it seems unlikely a deal for a Gio Gonzalez, Cain, or Felix Hernandez is realistic, despite the Yanks having the resources to pull it off.

What direction would you like to see the team go?

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

10 Responses to Yanks May Prefer Darvish

  1. Year of the Deagon

    Going for Darvish is the right move this kid has much more upside then another overpaid washed pitcher who is well past his prime.Go for Darvish break him in at AAA to get him used to U.S.A then slowly bring him up into the bullpen by years end you will have a Ace in waiting with this kid in his prime !

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