Will Yoder
Monday December 19th, 2011

The Nippon-Ham Fighters are expected to accept the winning bid submitted by an MLB team for pitching sensation Yu Darvish according to a tweet from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

[tweet https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/148757937123377153 align='center']

It is widely expected, however unconfirmed, that the Toronto Blue Jays were the team that submitted the highest bid to negotiate for Darvish’s services. Following the Nippon-Ham Fighters’ announcement, the team with the highest bid will have 30 days to reach an agreement with the right-hander. If no agreement is reached, the posting money will be returned and Darvish will remain in Japan. Last year at the age of 23, Darvish posted a 1.78 ERA with 222 strikeouts in 202 innings pitched. In 25 starts for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, he threw 10 complete games and two shutouts.

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