I don’t know if he’s got some kind of inside information nobody else does, or if he’s simply looking at the buzz that’s been out there and putting two and two together, but George A. King III of the New York Post believes that, “having made a posting bid above $40 million and possibly close to $50 million, the Blue Jays are the favorites to land the negotiating rights to Yu Darvish.”
“According to several sources with knowledge of the situation,” he adds, “the Blue Jays made the monster bid on orders from owner Rogers Communications.”
I’m not sure I buy that last bit– though there’s certainly marketing potential in Darvish that the company could harness [note: isn't he dreamy?], and a big bid would do well to combat the club’s recent consumer confidence problem. Plus, it’s not as though Rogers hasn’t been rumoured to have been meddlesome in the past, with speculation being that ownership may have been more interested than the GM in keeping Vernon Wells, and JP Ricciardi coming out and essentially saying so, without using names. Still, I’m not sure all this speculation isn’t just setting Jays fans up for a huge disappointment.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports– the Knobler!– tweets that it’s believed Darvish’s club, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, will accept the winning bid just before Tuesday’s 5 PM ET deadline.
So… there’s that.