It could take a few days before anyone knows the winner of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes. Adam Kilgore reports that the choice could be announced tonight or early tomorrow, but ultimately, the Nippon Ham Fighters have time and can decide for themselves when to make an announcement.
The Yankees reportedly put in a bid. I haven’t heard any confirmation that they definitely did, but I also have no reason at all to doubt George King. Regardless, the current expectation is that the Yankees might not have been willing to commit the kind of money it will take to win the negotiating rights.
I have to assume that the Red Sox are the competing team you’re all most interested in, and they reportedly did not enter a bid at all, so they won’t be adding Darvish.
• Joe Girardi and Robinson Cano were in the Christmas spirit today, helping at the Yankees annual Holiday Food Drive. “Coming from a poor country, this really means a lot to me, especially in the situation right now,” Cano told Bryan Hoch. “The economy is really down. These are the kinds of things I always like to (do), help other people.”
• Although he was a closer last year with the Astros, Mark Melancon might end up in a setup role with the Red Sox. Boston is still in the market for a Jonathan Papelbon replacement.
• The Red Sox also added utility infielder Nick Punto (another player I covered in Scranton). He’s tremendous defensively, and probably helps fill the void left by Jed Lowrie being sent away in the Melancon deal.
• One last Red Sox note: Don’t rule out the idea of them carrying Jason Varitek as a third catcher next season. Hey, it worked for the Yankees.
• Sticking with the AL East: The Rays did not bid on Darvish.
• Take J.C. Romero off the left-handed relief market. He’s apparently heading to St. Louis.
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