October 20, 2011
The New York Yankees will focus on signing a starting pitcher this offseason and the New York Daily News reports that an option may be 25-year-old Japanese sensation Yu Darvish, who is currently with the Nippon Ham Fighters.
The paper is hearing reports out of Japan that Darvish will ask the team to put him through the posting process this winter, which would immediately put him on the list of desired free agents for the Yanks along with C.J. Wilson(notes) and CC Sabathia(notes) (if he opts out of his current deal).
The paper notes that the Yanks have scouted Darvish extensively and are said to admire his talent. However, the disappointing performances of Japanese imports Kei Igawa and Daisuke Matsuzaka(notes) will have the Yankees wary as well, a source to the Daily News reports.
"It all depends on the money, the posting fee and what he would get," the source told the paper. "After Matsuzaka and Igawa, the fervor for this kind of process is lower. The problem with him is that it's a $100 million deal between the contract and the posting fee. [Teams] have been burnt twice."
The 6-5 Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA this season, striking out 276 in 232 innings for the Ham Fighters.