$80 Million Reasons to be Bearish on Darvish

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Relief pitcher Yu Darvish #11 of Japan throws a pitch against Korea during the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic on March 23, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Japan won 5-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

So word comes down today that there are rumors of the Arizona Diamondbacks wanting to possibly shell out upwards of $80 million for Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish.  Um…Yu who?

That’s right – YU HOOO!  Arizona Diamondbacks??!!  You listening??!!

Seriously, $80 million?  I realize a lot of that is going to be paid as a posting fee to grab him out of Japan, but still, that’s money that could be MUCH better spent.  I seem to recall we need….hmmm….a BULLPEN!!  If you are going to spend $80 million on a pitcher, why not $80 million on like five pitchers for the BULLPEN!!??

Now, I can’t completely bash the Dbacks yet because they’ve yet to come out and confirm or deny the rumor.  I would have hoped they learned their lesson on Brandon Webb.  You know, the starting pitcher the Dbacks shelled out millions for.  The starting pitcher who hasn’t seen a major league mound for two seasons.  The starting pitcher that disabled the Dbacks in being able to get top notch relievers.  Yeah, that guy.  Now, they want Darvish?  Is Dbacks general manager Kevin Towers channeling his inner Josh Byrnes?

Well I am sure there will be much more to this soon.  I would still be surprised to see the Dbacks make such a move.  Compared to Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, a.k.a. Dice-K,  in some aspects by some, I still don’t care.  Dice-K has been pretty much a disappointment.  Why do I get the feeling Darvish would be too and the disappointment would all start in the Dbacks front office with an irresponsible singing like this.

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  • Eugene

    He’s banged up for his age after having thrown 150 pitches every game… As is often the case with a Japanese ball club, his team has made him work to the max knowing they won’t be able to keep him for good cuz he’s interested in MLB. I saw him pitch over 150 pitches very often, come on to as a reliever looking obviously in pain. It was disgusting to see the way he pitched in some games like tossing a ball for batting practice due to pain he was in…

    Many JP players owning star player who want to go to MLB make a ill practice of abusing them to the max so by the time they are ready to go to MLB, they all all used up and banged up with not much rest in their arms and shoulders.

    Darvish and Dice-K were prime example of such mal-practice. I hate the practice of auction system that fattens the JP ballclub’s wallet and in exchange abuses their players before sending them off to MLB.

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  • http://venomstrikes.com Scott Allen

    I have no problem with him coming and playing in the MLB, even for the Dbacks. I’d just hate to see the Dbacks spend all that money on one pitcher when they need A LOT of help.