Yu Darvish might not sign so soon after all. But if he does, he wants it to be with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But there’s a problem. The Dodgers have to clear a couple of payroll obstacles.
Is part of the reason Yu Darvish is taking so long to sign is he’s hoping the Dodgers can shed enough payroll to be able to afford his $20MM/yr cap hit? Would the FO want to deal away expensive “depth” guys like Grandal and Forsythe to achieve this goal?
— Tomás Chavez (@trchavez41684) January 28, 2018
“Yes. My understanding is that Yu Darvish has made clear he would like to return to the Dodgers, and part of the delay in his free agency is related to waiting to see if the team can move some of the money. The Dodgers have explored scenarios for moving useful but (theoretically) extraneous assets such as Yasmani Grandal, Logan Forsythe and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Given the fact that those players are still Dodgers and Darvish is still a free agent, you can guess how the market has reacted to this gambit by the front office.”
So that’s that then. For now, of course.
In recent weeks, the market for Darvish has become a very interesting one. If nothing else, it looks like he will sign long before Jake Arrieta does. But it also looks like the Chicago Cubs aren’t favorites to land him. And last week, reports would break indicating that the Milwaukee Brewers had offered him a contract. But the heart wants what the heart wants.
And right now, Darvish wants the Dodgers.