Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News checks in with yet another report claiming that the baseball world is of the belief that the Toronto Blue Jays have won the bidding for Yu Darvish and will have a 30 day window to negotiate with him, beginning when his Japanese club accepts the winning bid on Tuesday.
He writes that the “growing consensus among officials with several major-league clubs” is that Jays won, with a bid in the neighbourhood of Boston’s winning bid for Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006.
“We stress none of these officials has direct knowledge of the offers,” he adds. “At the same time, monitoring other clubs is part of their job. They usually have a good idea of what their competitors are doing.”
These, of course, are all very good signs if you’re a Jays fan, but it can’t really be stressed enough that no one outside of the commissioner’s office actually knows which club submitted the winning bid, and that we need to be really careful looking at the language of these “reports.” Especially those who are passing them along with stronger words than the sources warrant.
George A. King of the New York Post simply wrote that it was “believed” that the Jays outbid the Rangers and Yankees, not anybody else– like the Cubs, who he said likely made a sizable bid that no one has pinned down yet, or the Giants and Mariners, who were also rumoured to have interest. Fraley’s headline writer says that “signs point toward Toronto,” but at the moment that’s all we’ve got.
It’s better than nothing, I’ll grant you.