Hot Stove Cespedes, Soler, Darvish
by Matt S.
Yu Darvish will be far less likely to settle on a contract he believes fair if the winning posting fee is high, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Darvish believes the posting system is unfair. He’s right. Obviously the higher the fee, the less the winning team will be able to offer him. Darvish’s preference is to play for a West Coast team, according to the report. Bids to negotiate with Darvish are due at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Some MLB teams prefer Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler to Yoenis Cespedes, reports Jim Callis of Baseball America.
Callis believes Soler would have been a top-five pick had he been in the 2010 draft and compares him to Royals prospect Bubba Starling. Soler, 19, isn’t close to major-league ready, but the 6-foot-3 outfielder is highly-regarded for his power potential. Callis believes Soler is more talented than Leonys Martin, who received a three-year, $15.5 million deal the Rangers. The Phillies, Nationals, Yankees, Cubs and Rangers are believed to be in the mix for Soler.
The Yankees aren’t expected to post a bid high enough to land Yu Darvish, according to the New York Daily News.
New York said as much last week. The Yankees will assuredly post a bid, but it isn’t expected to be competitive with industry expectations. According to the Post, “The smart money is on either the Blue Jays or Rangers to land Darvish.”