He’s way more confident that I could possibly be, but Kevin Gray of the Manchester Union Leader tweets that it’s “soon to be official” that the “Blue Jays win the bid on Yu Darvish.”
On his personal Gray Matter blog he says that Alex Anthopoulos will have a 9:30 PM ET press conference to tell Canada the news.
I wanna believe it, I really do. I just can’t. Yet.
And on the radio Mike Wilner insists it’s completely jumping the gun and not true. A “joke” that’s taken on a life of its own. And Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets that a Blue Jays official says no press conference is scheduled.
So… there’s that.
15 Minutes Later Update: Nobody else is saying anything close to this, and as has been well pointed out on Twitter, the press would know if they were expected to be somewhere in 10 minutes. Bunk it is.
9:35 PM ET Update: Gray is standing by his story. He tweets that the call for the press conference has been delayed but that it’s still happening. Hoooookay. I’ll believe it when I see it elsewhere.
And according to JSoccer Magazine, an English language publication about Japanese soccer, Nippon Ham will announce the winner before the end of the hour. They still do not, at least officially, know who the winner is. It will be up to MLB to then announce it, according to @BloggingBombers.
9:45 PM ET Update: Kevin Gray is sticking by his story… with some changes. He now writes that an “announcement” is due around ten, not necessarily a press conference.
9:57 PM ET Update: And Kevin Gray’s story is being corroborated, in a rather speculatory manner, by a twitter account that supposedly belongs to Tom Signore, former and (I believe) soon-to-be New Hampshire Fisher Cats pitching coach, who spent 2011 with Las Vegas.
It’s not exactly definite, is it? But… it’s something.
10:27 PM ET Update: Karl Ravech of ESPN tweets that the latest rumour has the Rangers winning the posting at $51-million, but he stresses that it’s only a rumour. And a quick look at his timeline shows that earlier today he had it the other way around, and looking like the Jays were going to get him.
So… there’s that.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail sums up what we know quite nicely in a tweet: “So far I have one minor league reporter saying the Jays won and some guy in New York going out to drink with a celebrating Rangers guy.”
He adds: “And I’m not slagging “minor league reporters.” Know who first broke story Expos might be contracted? Bob Duff of Windsor Star. Beat me clean.”
11:02 PM ET Update: According to a tweet from Shi Davidi, we’re at T-minus ten minutes from an announcement on Darvish. And… fuck, it’s been a long night. Though I’m realizing now that this is almost exactly in line with what Danny Knobler tweeted earlier. We’ll see… but the fact that a Rogers employee is letting us know… well… hmmm…
Don Nomura, one of Darvish’s agents, tweets that he doesn’t know who wins.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo tweets that it’s Texas. There’s a credible source! Ruh-roh!