Rangers and Blue Jays top list for Yu Darvish?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Because the bidding process for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish is totally secret, it is difficult to know for sure which teams have actually posted bids for him and which haven't.

ESPN reports that the two team names that kept coming up as the probable winners of the process that ended at 5 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday are the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays.

Other teams that have supposedly placed bids as well include the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners, ESPN reports.

Darvish's current team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, have till Tuesday to decide if they want to take the bid or not.

MLB.com has it that the Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins are said to have not posted bids for Darvish, the 6-5 25-year-old who went 18-6 last season with a 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts.

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