It’s been a pretty quiet Thursday while all of baseball waits for the identity of the highest Yu Darvish bidder to be revealed.
Although a report yesterday indicated there might be announcement some time this morning, it now seems that the Nippon Ham Fighters might wait until just before Tuesday’s deadline to announce the highest bid.
As has been the expectation for a while, the Yankees still seem to be relatively minor players in this process. The aggressive bidders in the American League East might be the Blue Jays.
• Good point by our friends over at River Ave. Blues: The new Josh Willingham contract in Minnesota could give an indication — roughly — of what Nick Swisher might be worth on the free agent market. At the very least, it gives an idea of what it might cost to find a replacement if the Yankees decide not to bring Swisher back in 2013.
• Speaking of Swisher, one of the other players involved in that White Sox trade, Kanekoa Texeira, has signed a minor league deal with the Reds.
• Got my first Mat Latos email this morning wondering if the Yankees could get the young Padres starter. Today, Ken Rosenthal wrote that San Diego should be willing to deal Latos, but even if the Padres do put him on the market, I can’t imagine Latos would be remotely affordable. The Yankees have been hesitant to give up premier talent in other deals, and a young guy like Latos would surely cost a boatload of talent.
• If you missed Derek Jeter’s interview with Barbara Walters last night, Yankees.com took a look at the highlights from the Jeter’s appearance as one of the Most Fascinating People of 2011.
• The Yankees announced their Double-A field staff, with manager Tony Franklin returning for a sixth consecutive season.
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