The Yu Darvish showcase showdown finally came to an end last night when the Rangers were announced as the high bidders with a whopping $51.7 million posting fee. Texas now has 30 days to negotiate a deal with the Japanese superstar.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have two months to make some kind of move that will excite their fan base.
It might not happen.
Brian Cashman has been preaching patience this winter, and the Yankees have been practicing what they preach. This hasn’t been the free agent spending spree of 2008. There has been no repeat of the 2009 trade for Curtis Granderson, and it’s hard to find an available free agent who could be this year’s Rafael Soriano.
So what’s next for the Yankees now that Darvish is officially off their radar?
Other teams have traded for top young starters this winter, but the costs have been steep, and Cashman hasn’t been willing to meet those demands in his own trade talks. The biggest names still on the free agent market don’t seem to fit the Yankees needs. There are other big names on the international market, but like Darvish, they come with hefty price tags and no guarantees.
Could this be the winter when the Yankees aren’t spending, and aren’t bluffing?
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