Yu Darvish's posting fee is reportedly a record, topping the fee paid by the Boston Red Sox for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka. The team who placed the winning bid on Darvish and the amount of the bid are not yet known, but a report on Saturday indicates it will be a record.
Though the identity of the major league franchise that won exclusive negotiating rights to the 25-year-old right-hander has yet to be revealed, Japanese league officials say that the offer to Darvish's team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, is higher than the $40-48 million range that has been reported in the U.S. and Japan.
The Nippon Ham Fighters are still mulling whether to accept the posting fee, and have until Tuesday to do so. If the winning bid is accepted, Darvish and the team that made the claim would have 30 days to work out a contract