Buzz about Jays, Darvish

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

Multiple reports suggest the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs have the heaviest interest in Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.

MLB teams had to submit bids for Darvish by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Darvish's club, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, has until next Tuesday to accept a bid, which would award exclusive negotiating rights for the 25-year-old right-hander.

There were rumours Thursday that at least one bid was for more than $50 million. For the sake of comparison. in 2006, the Boston Red Sox had the winning bid of $51.1 million to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos had not comment when asked about Darvish by MLB.com.

Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 earned-run average last season for the Ham Fighters.


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