Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun is keeping track of the latest Yu Darvish rumblings, saying that the perception is that the Jays outbid both the Rangers and Yankees for his rights, though it’s unclear what the Cubs, Giants, or Mariners may have bid. The view that the Jays have topped both the Yankees and Rangers is, he says, “shared by half a dozen front offices, but no one at 1 Blue Jays Way is talking. “
“I was told Rogers Communications said: ‘Whatever it costs, sign him,’ ” an executive told Elliott. “Only Paul Beeston and Alex Anthopoulos know the number on the bid in baseball operations,” the executive added.
It sounds precisely like what George King reported earlier in the New York Post, and while I don’t think ownership would have made a statement like that without a strong on-field case having been made for signing Darvish, it’s intriguing that Rogers may be so interested in bringing in a player like this. It makes sense. Fingers crossed. But it also makes for some great PR for an ownership group with an image problem.
So… there’s that.