Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 10/20/11

Depending on who you believe, Japanese sensation Yu Darvish may be set to ask his club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, to make him available to MLB teams during this year’s posting process. The 25-year-old ace, who has posted an ERA under 2.00 for five straight season (18-6, 1.44 ERA this past year with Nippon), is currently the highest paid player in Japanese baseball and under contract through 2014.


According to the Mainichi Daily News, however, the Ham Fighters may still honor his wish to play in the United States:

If he wants to play at a higher level, then that’s his wish,” Nippon Ham owner Hiroji Okoso said.

“It’s really up to him,” a source at the team said. “That was the conclusion they reached after a series of talks.”

The bidding for the rights to negotiate with Darvish is likely to top anything we have seen in the past. The guy is a rock star both on and off the mound, which makes him different from any Japanese player we have seen in some time. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Dice K’s $50 million + bid topped if Yu is in fact put through the process.

The article suggests that the right-hander is expected to officially ask his team to put him up for bidding after the postseason, which begins October 29th. Other reports however, which quote Darvish himself, suggest no such decision has been made.

#bbpBox_126681396306640897 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_126681396306640897 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Patrick Newman of @npbtracker notes that Yu Darvish shot down a recent report, saying, "I haven't decided anything."about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck Reply RetweetFavorite@timdierkestimdierkes

As Evan Brunell pointed out in a recent post for CBSSports.com (click here to read in full):

Another indication that Darvish is preparing for a move comes in the hiring of Arn Tellem and Don Nomura to represent Darvish. Nomura is popular in Japan for his ability to help players move to the major leagues. Nomura was Iwakuma’s agent last year but was partly responsible for the breakdown in talks, leading Iwakuma to switch agents. Nomura is expected to handle Darvish’s side of things in Japan, while Tellem will handle the U.S. side, which will certainly make the negotiating process easier with an American agent’s expertise.”

What does all of this mean for the Mets? Well given the money that would go into this type of deal it probably means that the Mets will see Darvish a couple times a year……when they play the Yankees. I know, it’s a frustrating thought, but given the Bronx Bombers need for pitching and their bankroll, I honestly can’t imagine another landing spots. The Rangers and Blue Jays have also recently been mentioned as potential suitors and for you dreamers out there, the Mets were apparently one of eight or nine teams to have scouts watch the pitcher as recently as this summer.

Tokyo Chunichi Sports apparently also mentioned that the Mets and Dodgers could be added to the list of teams that would be interested but that both would likely have trouble meeting what they predict to be a roughly $80 million price tag. Ya think? The paper lays out Boston, Texas, and the Bronx as the most likely landing spots for Darvish and even puts together some stomach turning mock sketches of what the ace would look like sporting those respective caps. For the sake of accuracy, shouldn’t there be a Budweiser and some Popeye’s chicken near the Boston image?

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