What to make of these sorts of reports in this weird, weird offseason? Yes, reputable reporters are reporting that Yu Darvish has multiple $100 million+ offers on the table, most recently and notably from the Twins, who could use a starting pitcher like no one’s business. That report, from Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, says that the Twins aren’t willing to go past four or five years. The reports of the other offers, from Ken Rosenthal, do not go into length, but given that Darvish has not yet signed anyplace, there’s likely something that is less than ideal to him in some regard. Contract length? Cities in which he does not wish to play? Could be anything. All of which is interesting with respect to Yu Darvish, but I’m not too worried about Yu Darvish for his own sake. He’ll sign someplace, make a lot of money and, hopefully, pitch really well. No, I’m more fascinated with all of this as it relates to our curiously slow offseason. We’ve heard, over and over again, that players such as Darvish and J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have received $100M+ offers and, as a result of that, the real problem with the offseason is that the players are being unrealistic. The reports about such offers, however, are always selective. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, such offers are supposed to be confidential. They never truly are, though. Sometimes agents leak them in order to gin up interest and bidding from other teams. Sometimes teams leak them in order to appear as though they are trying hard to sign someone in order to placate a restless fan base. Sometimes people leak it because it’s just kind of cool to know inside stuff and it’s even cooler when people KNOW you know inside stuff. We can’t always know who’s doing the leaking, but if you watch these things long enough you can sorta tell. You know which reporters talk to agents and which ones are, almost certainly, passing along team leaks. We know Jon Heyman, for example, is connected to agents. We can guess that a dude from a local affiliate in Minneapolis is not tight homies with Yu Darvish’s agents but could very well have a lot of connections with the local team.
Yu Darvish reportedly has five offers on the table. What does that mean?
Hardball Talk | Feb 9