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TOKYO - MARCH 05: Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish
TOKYO - MARCH 05: Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish /

Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, December 19th, 2017

Welcome to the December 19th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!

Minnesota Twins Organizational Scores

Australian Baseball League Update
No games were played on Monday.

Dominican Winter League Update
Aguillas Cibaenas defeated Estrellas Orientales on Monday. Kennys Vargas started at DH, going 1-3 with a walk.

Venezuelan Winter League Update
Only one game occurred in the VWL, but none of the Twins representatives in the league were involved in the game.

Minnesota Twins news and notes

Twins determined in their pursuit of Darvish
The Minnesota Twins continue to push hard after Yu Darvish, continuing to be in contact with the team, and while a formal offer has not been made, the team seems to be very aware of where that offer range will need to be, even with recent public interest from other teams.

Twins a team that has improved stealthily
MLB.com’s Richard Justice put together a piece on 5 teams that have improved without spending big this offseason. He mentioned the Twins second in the story and utilized the fact that the Twins have made moves without limiting their ability to go hard financially after other players still on the market.

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One Last Thing

As word picks up around Yu Darvish and the Minnesota Twins interest in bringing him on board for what will almost certainly be the largest free agent contract ever handed out by the team, today marks the anniversary of when Darvish’s winning bid by the Texas Rangers was announced.

Darvish was an absolute star in Japan, one of the most dominant pitchers the league had ever seen. In 7 seasons, he won 93 games, finishing with a 1.99 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, throwing 1,268 1/3 innings with a 6.7% walk rate and 25.1% strikeout rate.

The Rangers won the bidding for Darvish with a $51.7 million posting fee. That led to some major changes in how major league teams and NPB teams do posting, with a maximum set at $20 million, so that the player was then in charge of his choice among those teams willing to bid the maximum while still giving the team the “control” of who could negotiate with the player if the posting fee was less than $20 million.

The Rangers then signed Darvish to a 6-year, $56 million deal. How much will the Twins have to bid to get Darvish’s services?