November 04, 2010
Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, who was on the mound last year when Japan finished off South Korea in the World Baseball Classic final, is planning to play in North America in 2012, according to Newsday.
Darvish had originally planned to come ply his trade in America this year but decided to wait while he dealt with a divorce back home, Newsday notes.
The 24-year-old is thought to be the best pitcher in Japan, particularly since he's got a career 2.12 ERA and 974 strikeouts in 1,036.1 innings for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Darvish has the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, and Boston Red Sox all interested.
Meanwhile, North American teams are currently bidding for the services of Darvish's countryman Hisashi Iwakuma, who is just behind him as Japan's second-best pitcher.