Is the Price Right on Yu Darvish?
I don’t know about you, but as a kid, one of my favourite things about staying home from school was getting to watch the Price is Right. There was something special about Bob Barker and how he corralled those hysterical people on stage.
Perhaps it was because the Price is Right was the forbidden fruit of midday television to youngsters, but it was always a treat to forget school work for a day and catch the gameshow gambit with the Price is Right and Family Feud.
How on earth does any of this pertain to Yu Darvish? For entertainment’s sake, I picture the bidding process like an episode of the Price is Right; except once contestants place a bid, they have to wait four business days for the results.
The similarities between the Price is Right and the Yu Darvish bidding process are few and far between, but I’ll just stick with my game show theory for the time being. At least it helps the time pass by until the winner is revealed.
Until then, we can only speculate as to which team had the winning bid and exactly how high that dollar amount was, but you can be sure the Toronto Blue Jays at least made some sort of play for Darvish.
While I’m all for bidding on Darvish’s services, it’s a little contradictory to the comments that Paul Beeston and Alex Anthopoulos have made over the past few weeks when it comes to payroll. Beeston isn’t a fan of the posting process, and AA won’t confirm or deny anything … about anything.
I’ll agree the whole posting process is a bit contrived, but unlike MLB free agency, there are no biases or player preferences involved. It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.
It must make executives extremely anxious as they’re going in completely blind, not sure whether their bid blew the rest out of the water, was in the middle of the pack, or a completely lowball offer.
It wouldn’t shock me if the Blue Jays placed the highest bid, but I don’t think they were planning to go for broke on Yu Darvish. An offer of say $50-$60 million sounds reasonable, but anything beyond that would be in the realm of overpriced.
Something tells me a sleeping giant like the Washington Nationals offered some crazily stupid amount. Heck, if they can afford to pay Jayson Werth $126 million, they can easily afford the Darvish posting fee.
However, if the Blue Jays were in fact the ones who won the bidding on Yu Darvish, it would definitely be sending a message that they want to win sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a blockbuster signing, but it would definitely be up there.
But is Yu Darvish the kind of pitcher that could push the Blue Jays over the top? I want to say yes, but the realist in me says no. Sure, his stats look great over in Nippon Professional Baseball, but how would Darvish fare against major league hitters? I’m not so certain those numbers would translate over the American League, especially the AL East.
If the bid on Yu Darvish is “sky-high” like MLBTR is reporting, then that means either one of two things; the Blue Jays either got blown out of the water (which is fine), or they are so sold on Darvish that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get him.
After all, Alex Anthopoulos was only one of two General Managers to make the trip to Japan to scout Yu Darvish earlier this season. AA could have just as easily sent a scout to gather intel, but he went himself and I think that speaks volumes as to how serious the Blue Jays were about Yu Darvish.
The interesting thing about the whole bidding process is once we finally find out who actually won this thing, that’s when the real fun begins in contract negotiations. So whichever team wins the bidding rights, if they don’t work out a deal, then it’s null and void and Yu Darvish goes back to playing for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.
And just in case you’re wondering … yes, Plinko is hands down the best game on the Price is Right, and yes, for some reason the music from Cliff Hangers scares the crap out of me.