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08:17 AM ET 12.14 | How interested are the Yankees in Yu Darvish? No matter how strong the signals coming from The Bronx about the Yankees not being hot for [Darvish], others will believe it when there is proof. "They need him and when the Yankees need something they make a play for it," one team executive predicted [Tuesday]. Yet, voices throughout the Yankees' organization paint a lukewarm -- at best -- picture of them going hard after the 25-year-old Japanese right-hander major league teams can put in a posting bid for until 5 p.m. [Wednesday]. The team with the winning bid, if it's accepted by the Nippon Ham Fighters, gets a month to exclusively negotiate with Darvish.

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December 14, 2011  08:34 AM ET

No matter how good a guy is in Japan or plays during the WBC, they still have to prove themselves here and for the money that gets spent on a team doesn't have the luxury of putting these guys in the minors to see what they can do.

December 14, 2011  08:35 AM ET

It will be interesting to see which organization is awarded the negotiation rights.

December 14, 2011  08:41 AM ET

The Curse of Kei Igawa, and Matsuzaka, and Irabu and.......

December 14, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Has nobody learned from the past about the Japanese pitchers? Not to say there's no talent, but the cash it takes to acquire one is exorbitant.

December 14, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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Has nobody learned from the past about the Japanese pitchers? Not to say there's no talent, but the cash it takes to acquire one is exorbitant.

Kei Igawa is costing the Yanks about 9 mil a year and is a minor league pitcher. Matsuzaka is costing the Sox around 16 mil a year, on average between posting and salary. Insurance will end up paying this year and probably some of next year's salary of 10 million.

Outside of Suzuki, the history isn't good.

December 14, 2011  08:49 AM ET

I have a bad feeling he lands in Boston given Valentine's opinion of him.

<throw's up>

December 14, 2011  08:52 AM ET

Another Japanese crap shoot.....when are the GM's gonna realize that just because your good over in Japan doesn't mean your gonna be good over here..

December 14, 2011  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kei Igawa is costing the Yanks about 9 mil a year and is a minor league pitcher. Matsuzaka is costing the Sox around 16 mil a year, on average between posting and salary. Insurance will end up paying this year and probably some of next year's salary of 10 million.Outside of Suzuki, the history isn't good.

Hideo Nomo and Masato Yoshii.....were probably two of the better ones to come over....

December 14, 2011  08:56 AM ET
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I have a bad feeling he lands in Boston given Valentine's opinion of him. <throw's up>

I'd be shocked. Henry is still pissed off on how last year ended. I wouldn't be surprised if the Sox didn't even post a bid.

December 14, 2011  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kei Igawa is costing the Yanks about 9 mil a year and is a minor league pitcher. Matsuzaka is costing the Sox around 16 mil a year, on average between posting and salary. Insurance will end up paying this year and probably some of next year's salary of 10 million.Outside of Suzuki, the history isn't good.

Igawa is now off the books.

December 14, 2011  09:00 AM ET
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I'd be shocked. Henry is still pissed off on how last year ended. I wouldn't be surprised if the Sox didn't even post a bid.

they are down 2 starters from the beginning of last year, 3 if you count Wakefield. Bedard signed with another team as well.

Right now, you have:

Lester
Buchholz
Beckett
Bard(?)
<Insert pitcher here>

Matsuzaka and Lackey are probably out for the year. They have to do something to fill in the back of the rotation, unless they throw in the towel and wait until next year for Pothead and Co.

December 14, 2011  09:00 AM ET
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Hideo Nomo and Masato Yoshii.....were probably two of the better ones to come over....

Yes, I always think back to Nomo, especially. He may be the precedent that everyone is chasing with these current Japanese pitchers.

December 14, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Kei Igawa is costing the Yanks about 9 mil a year and is a minor league pitcher. Matsuzaka is costing the Sox around 16 mil a year, on average between posting and salary. Insurance will end up paying this year and probably some of next year's salary of 10 million.Outside of Suzuki, the history isn't good.

Also... I don't think insurance covers the, what, $50 million posting fee the BoSox paid just to negotiate a contract?

You might as well flush that money down a toilet. **** the gyro-ball... better off buying a boat load of gyros sandwiches.

December 14, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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Yes, I always think back to Nomo, especially. He may be the precedent that everyone is chasing with these current Japanese pitchers.

Without a doubt....IMO if your gonna go after the Japanese guys I would look at the veteran guys before younger guys...and it would only be for bullpen help....

December 14, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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The Curse of Kei Igawa, and Matsuzaka, and Irabu and.......

This ^^^^

Shell out $50M to talk to him, another $50M to sign him... and maybe get a .500 pitcher.


I'll pass.

December 14, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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they are down 2 starters from the beginning of last year, 3 if you count Wakefield. Bedard signed with another team as well.Right now, you have:LesterBuchholzBeckettBard(?)<Insert pitcher here>Matsuzaka and Lackey are probably out for the year. They have to do something to fill in the back of the rotation, unless they throw in the towel and wait until next year for Pothead and Co.

I really believe they'll fill out the rotation with either Aceves or Doubront. Maybe sign a low cost veteren. Unless they can work out a trade. Just don't see Henry shelling out another $100M for a unproven pitcher.

December 14, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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they are down 2 starters from the beginning of last year, 3 if you count Wakefield. Bedard signed with another team as well.Right now, you have:LesterBuchholzBeckettBard(?)<Insert pitcher here>Matsuzaka and Lackey are probably out for the year. They have to do something to fill in the back of the rotation, unless they throw in the towel and wait until next year for Pothead and Co.

I believe Aceves will be a starter as well.

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December 14, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Also... I don't think insurance covers the, what, $50 million posting fee the BoSox paid just to negotiate a contract?You might as well flush that money down a toilet. **** the gyro-ball... better off buying a boat load of gyros sandwiches.

Nope, just the salary. It's a disaster, but the get out from under it next year.

Lackey on the other hand.....

<grabs air sickness bag from pile>

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