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.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.