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Yu Darvish being courted by six teams


There aren’t a lot of top starters available this offseason, so it makes sense that a lot of teams would be courting Yu Darvish. To that end, yesterday Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, reported that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins were all interested.

His report was incomplete, it would seem. But that’s not just me second-guessing. That came from the horse’s mouth:

I suppose he’d know.

Darvish did not say which additional team he’s talking to, but I suppose him doing so would harm his leverage so it’s understandable. Others report that the Dodgers are still interested in retaining Darvish, but that could be difficult for them financially given their reported desire to get below the luxury tax threshold.

Darvish’s signing is likely awaiting the resolution of the Gerrit Cole situation. Cole, as we noted yesterday, was reported to be close being traded to the Astros, though it has not happened. The Yankees are still reportedly interested in Cole as well. Whoever doesn’t get Cole will likely push harder to get Darvish which will eventually force a resolution of his situation.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?