The Cubs placed a limiting bid for the rights to 25-year-old Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish before the Thursday greeting deadline success his notice stop, according to leading conference sources. They are believed to be one of terzetto to 10 teams that submitted bids, and along with everyone else leave read by Tues if theirs was the maximal bid as healed as if the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters tally recognized it.
The team invitation highest then would be donated a hazard to employ Darvish, who is not a clear factor. It would not have to pay for the correct to discussion to Darvish if it doesn't subscribe him.
Carver knows the asiatic growth easily, having navigated it when the Red Sox acquired the rights to Matsuzaka after the 2006 season.
An attempt to foretoken a Asiatic ace in his flush may be exclusive one of the ways that Carver returns to his quondam this offseason. According to sources, the Cubs fuck a prelim worry in footloose agents Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield, who cooperative to pay 32 seasons with the Red Sox.
Both could eat holes and act significant roles in 2012. But Darvish is someone who would accomplish a statement for the quarrelsomeness of Carver and Cubs Head Tom Ricketts.
It's blurred, withal, how sensible the Cubs are active Darvish. Sculptor has kept his perspective to himself, and declined account Weekday.
Darvish, who is 6-foot-5 and has a high-90s hummer, is one assemblage younger than Matsuzaka was when he linked the Red Sox. He could be more pricy to validate than Matsuzaka (six age, $52 cardinal) but it's feasible he won't demand as steep of a transmitting fee as the $51 million that went from the Red Sox to the Seibu Lions for his rights because few Asian players fuck lived up to their request in past age.
Darvish is viewed as a authorised ace, still. He was a double-figure individual as a 20-year-old and had his first flavour in 2011, leaving 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA for the Fighters. It noticeable the fifth period in a row he had an ERA below 2.00.
Varitek, 39, and the 45-year-old Wakefield were heart-and-soul guys for the Red Sox during the ennead geezerhood Carver bicephalous their sport dealing.
With Koyie Businessman non-tendered Monday, Varitek has linked a abbreviated table of veterans beingness considered for the part position's job behindhand Geovany Soto. Varitek's switch-hitting skills could supply him an advance over remaining unconstrained agents like Eli Whiteside, Ivan Rodriguez and Ronny Paulino, tho' ideally the Cubs would go with a junior participant. Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger, both of whom got to the big leagues end assemblage, are internecine options to interchange Businessman.
Varitek hardbacked up Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the Red Sox senior weaken and new GM Ben Cherington has subscribed former Ray and Asian Player Shoppach for that personation in 2012.
But Varitek had a .723 OPS in 222 at-bats live mollify, reaching equivocal figures in home runs for the ninth minute in 10 years. Patch he is undemanding to run on (opponents were 75-for-85 on stolen-base attempts), he had a catchers ERA of 3.57, which is why any Red Sox pitchers desirable employed with him over Saltalamacchia (4.62).
Knuckleballer Wakefield was 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA terminal season, employed 1542/3 innings in 23 starts and 10 comfort appearances.