One of the 30 major league teams submitted the winning bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. It was reported to be a huge bid, possibly one that trumped the $51 million the Red Sox paid for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matuszaka, and on Monday evening, we'll find out what team made it. From Jon Morosi:
Nippon-Ham Fighters expected to accept bid for Yu Darvish around 8-9 pm ET tonight. Timing ideal – it will be Tuesday morning in Japan.
The early indications are that the Rangers and Blue Jays are the last two possible winners after reporters eliminated the teams that reportedly didn't bid a substantial amount, and an early New York Post report had the Blue Jays as the rumored winner. But you know there's a GM wearing a jumpsuit covered in question marks sitting in a dark room right now, eagerly anticipating the announcement of the Mystery Team's winning bid.
No one asked me, but a combination of LeBron's "The Decision" and Gaki no Tsukai would have done some crazy ratings. Missed opportunity, Bristol. Missed opportunity.