Yu Darvish reportedly didn't move quick enough on the Yankees' $160 million offer. (AP)
Yu Darvish reportedly didn’t move quick enough on the Yankees’ $160 million offer. (AP)
There’s been a lot of talk about what’s kept MLB’s free-agent market moving at a snail’s pace. Some fans think the teams aren’t ponying up the money necessary to sign top players. Others say players are being too greedy, wanting too much money.
But this latest report about the New York Yankees and Yu Darvish, if it’s true, is quite a testament to the offseason stalemate we find ourselves in. It’s big money, a player not immediately jumping at it and the Yankees moving on quickly. Are even the Yankees getting impatient?
The Yankees acknowledged Thursday that they have interest in signing Darvish, who is considered the No. 1 free agent pitcher on the market, according to Jeff Passan’s rankings. The Yankees are also one of the teams on Darvish’s reported list of finalists. But this nugget via Michael Kay — the Yankees play-by-play voice and a radio host at ESPN NY — is better than both of those.
Wow: Michael Kay is reporting the #Yankees offered Yu Darvish a contract around seven years and $160 million. But when Darvish didn't accept within 48 hours, they pulled the deal.
— Dan Federico (@RealDanFederico) January 11, 2018
Yep, that’s a reported $160 million that Darvish didn’t bite on. That’s a lot of money, but also in the range of what many expect Darvish would sign for this winter. Signing a 31-year-old pitcher to a seven-year deal isn’t exactly a great long-term move, but baseball gonna baseball.
What’s interesting is that while we watching at home are stunned each day at the slow pace of things, there’s not a lot of waiting around for the Yankees. We know they want a pitcher, as their interest in trading for Gerrit Cole demonstrated a couple weeks ago.
The money is out there, at least for the top free agent on the market and from baseball’s biggest spender. But now we’ve learned that while the Yankees are willing to shell out some big bucks, they’re not gonna wait around for someone to say “yes” to $160 million.
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