Enough of the clubs who didn’t bid on Yu Darvish have been revealed so far that it’s kinda heartening that we haven’t heard the Jays listed among them yet. Especially since, given the wild speculation that’s gone on, you might think that the Jays would consider breaking their no-comment policy to come out and temper our crazily inflated expectations. Y’know, if those expectations are misplaced.
And this afternoon we can at least take one potential suitor off the list, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals did not place a bid on Darvish.
They declined to bid in spite of the fact that they “have scouted Darvish extensively for years, sending scouts to Japan more than 10 times,” Kilgore writes. “General Manager Mike Rizzo watched Darvish in person in 2010. The consensus they arrived at was that Darvish should not necessarily be compared to previous Japanese pitchers – he was bigger, he threw harder and he was, frankly, better.
“In the end, though, the Nationals determined the cost and risk to acquire Darvish outweighed the potential benefit. (Not to mention the inherent risk of paying ANY pitcher eight figures, given the chance of injury.) He may end up leading a staff someday. But he may not, and the Nationals did not want to pay a steep price to find out for themselves.”
So… there’s that. And by “that” I, of course, mean all-caps for emphasis in the Washington Post. WTF?