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Thanks for all of the kind words about the daughter’s tubes surgery this morning. As expected, all went well, and within an hour she was ready to get up and go crazy, like usual. There’s nothing quite like a trip to a children’s hospital for a minor procedure to remind you of how fortunate you are.

Well, that took an unintentionally somber turn. Hey, how about Yu Darvish?

  • In case you weren’t following the Darvish craziness last night in the comments here and on Twitter, let me give you the 60 second version: the Cubs, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Yankees – probably among other teams (like the Mariners) – bid on Darvish. No one yet knows for sure how much each team bid, but speculation has the first three bidding high, and the Yankees making only a “modest” bid. A Cubs source couldn’t share the team’s bid, but did say, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we won.” Yahoo’s Jeff Passan says at least one executive has heard that the Cubs won, but many, many other sources say they’ve heard the Jays or Rangers or even Mariners won. Darvish’s team has until 5pm ET on Tuesday to accept the high bid – which is reportedly “sky high” – but MLB could announce the winner as early as this morning. If there’s no official announcement, I’d expect leaks about the bid amounts slipping out over the next few days.
  • Two former Cubs – Bobby Scales and Micah Hoffpauir – are teammates of Darvish’s, and call him “a good dude.” Both have generally positive things to say about him (though, what would you expect?), and Hoffpauir believes Darvish could immediately be a great pitcher in MLB.
  • Carlos Zambrano finally returned to the mound in Venezuela last night after missing a few weeks with a jacked-up face. He threw four hitless innings, walking one and striking out one.
  • TCR relays an anecdote from a recent Kerry Wood radio appearance, during which Kerry said his top thrill as a Cub was his game-tying homer in Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS, not the 20K game. I can certainly understand the choice, but, for me, it would be hard for that memory not to be tainted by the ultimate – and, my memory tells me, inevitable – loss.
  • Barry Rozner writes a column mocking Cubs fans who believe the sky is falling after losing Aramis Ramirez. The problem? I don’t know any Cubs fans who are actually reacting like that. Ramirez has been gone from Cubs fans’ minds as a player on the team since October. It always makes for easy writing when you’re shredding imaginary people for their ridiculous beliefs. “Some Astros fans think the team is spending far too much money this offseason on top tier free agents. Let me tell you why they’re wrong….”
  • Speaking of Ramirez, the Brewers unveiled their offseason addition yesterday, and Ramirez said he knows he can’t replace Prince Fielder (and Ryan Braun for a possible 50 games), but he’ll try. Ramirez said it will be an adjustment in Milwaukee after playing most of his career in Chicago, but noted he’ll appreciate the availability of a roof when it’s cold in April.
  • One Hall of Fame voter is withholding a vote for Jeff Bagwell for a couple more years because (a) Bagwell played in the steroid era, (b) Bagwell got big and muscular, and (c) evidence of Bagwell juicing might come out at some point and the voter doesn’t want to have voted for a juicer. I’m as disappointed with the steroid era and what it did to “the numbers” as anyone, and you can’t know for certain that a guy didn’t juice, but that’s some seriously twisted logic right there.
  • jtfromthed

    Looking good for Big Z, 4 hitless innings, even though it’s against a bunch of minor leaguers is a good sign.

     

  • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

    Wow, sky high tells me to expect something in the $70M range, especially considering the pre-bid expectation was in the $50′s with a $60M bid being the max.

    Obviously, none of us know the Cubs financials, or where the bid money is coming from, but at $70M that is a bit steep for me.  I put the over/under at about $47.5M and probably would have taken the over but not by much.

    • CubFan Paul

      my guess yesterday here was: $65M ..late lastnight i changed it to $75Million ..for a big market team like chicago (#3 in revenue) they can afford it because they’l get it back

      • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

        Last night I thought $65 million sounded really high.

        I’m backing off that. I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a team would pay that amount, but indications are heading in that direction.

        I’m just hoping this thing stays in the 8 digit range. I can’t imagine anyone going to $100 million, but if any number would qualify as sky high…

  • fearbobafett

    Excellent to hear that everything went ok with the proceedure.

    And i am seriously hoping that we did win the bid.

  • Matt

    What happens if Darvish doesn’t want to sign and/or the winning team can’t come to an agreement? Do you lose the posting fee?

    Yesterday it sounded like there was talk about the bid potentially being too high, and Darvish turning down a contract because of it. I guess the logic being that a high bid would leave less money on the table Darvish would get.

    • EQ76

      if he doesn’t sign, we get the money back.

    • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

      The posting fee only gets paid if Darvish signs a contract.

      And I don’t buy for a minute the idea that Darvish will refuse to sign if the posting fee is too high. He knows his asking price, and if he gets a contract that is acceptable he’ll sign it regardless of the posting fee. You can argue that a high posting free reduces the dollars a team would be willing to give him in a contract, but I don’t buy that either. The Darvish posting has been talked about for a year now, and I strongly doubt that he is keeping his salary requests top secret. Any GM who did not have a very good idea how much money Darvish is looking for just wasn’t trying. The teams bidding will have accounted for both the likely contract amount and the posting amount when they planned this move.

      • Toosh

        Darvish would prefer to negotiate his potential contract with the team of his choice, rather than only being allowed to sign with the team that whose posting fee was accepted.

        • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

          That’s an entirely separate issue from him not wanting to sign if the posting fee gets too high.

          He doesn’t like the posting process. Truth be told, no one does. But despite that, he is going through the posting process. If he wanted to wait until he was a free agent, all he had to do was tell his current team “Don’t post me. I won’t sign,” and that would have been the end of it. He didn’t.

          Hopefully the system gets seriously reformed soon.

        • polocubs

          i could be wrong, but…my understanding of the darvish situation is…he could have waited until next year to become a free agent and then had the opportunity to negotiate with any team of his choice…if this is true he would have known that coming into this posting…so by agreeing to the posting now, he put himself in a position to have to negotiate with the highest bidder…or go back home and wait until next year

        • Adam H

          Darvish made $6+ million last year. I can’t imagine him turning down 10+ million a year to stay in Japan.

          • die hard

            wonder what exchange rate would do to salary comparison?

  • Dougy D

    I’m glad that everything worked out well with the procedure, Brett.

    If they are posting $70 million for Darvish, he better come in and start opening day and stay in the rotation every 5th game for the rest of the season (and many more seasons). Is there really that much money to be made in the Far East off of signing him? I know that they sold a lot of Fukudome head bands, but are they really going to make $40-70 mill. off of him? That doesn’t even include his salary. I guess that since I am not a wealthy man, it pains me to take a gamble with money like that on something so uncertain. Wall Street anyone?

    • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

      The thing is, he wont be able to come in and start every 5th day.  Japanese pitchers ptich about 23-24 games a year (Darvish did still throw 200 innings a year) so realistically we can expect him to get about 25-26 games.

      The posting fee isnt about this year or next.  It is about trying to acquire a guy who is pretty developed who could be an Ace in 3-4 years while being a very solid #3 to league best #4 pitcher right now.

      Odds are he hits “The Wall” in year 3, but sports and big money are all about calculated gambles.

      • SirCub

        200 innings in just 24 starts is pretty ridic. He averages over 8 innings per start for his career.

  • BD

    I am tired of these HOF voters basing their votes on whether they “think” a guy used or not. The vast majority of those players were juicing, so vote in the best of those.

    I would like to take my son to Cooperstown and say “Here’s Barry Bonds. He broke Hank Aaron’s home run record. He was using steroids like everyone else, so he might not be as good of a home run hitter as Mays or Ruth or Aaron, but he was still one heck of a player.”

    Instead I am going to have to say “Only pitchers played between 1994 and 2010. There were not hitters, so that’s why you don’t see any here.”

    • ottoCub

      Couldn’t agree more. There were no rules against PEDs during this era. Everyone used them, or at least had the opportunity to use them (including pitchers!) Players in this era all competed against each other, under the same set of rules. They took advantage of a product that made them better at their job (wouldn’t you take a legal drug if it made you better at your job?) The BEST PLAYERS should be voted into the HOF. Baseball should not penalize players for using whatever means they could to be the best ballplayers possible. Bonds, Clemens, and others were amazing ball-players. They are amongst the best of all time, and they should be rewarded.

      • paul

        I agree with ottoCub,
        and to avoid sounding diehardish, if by taking herpes medication, it would block a false test, then I hope herpes rumors start flooding through the Cubs locker room. I have been waiting long enough, I want to see the best players winning important games in Wrigley!

  • Spencer

    MLB ran a story last night that said the bid was “expected to generate at least $20 million”.  Pretty sure the Yankees modest bid was probably about $20 million.

  • EQ76

    Funny, at the end of this off season we could be saying, “the Cubs biggest acquisitions were Darvish, Fielder and McDonalds”

    • NyN

      It is probably not a good idea to acquire both of Fielder and a McDonalds. I know he is a vegan but things change.

  • Chris84

    Glad to hear your daughter is OK.
    As a former English major, I appreciate the Samuel Beckett reference.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I love Easter Eggs.

      • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

        Keep talking like that and people will think you’re a secret member of the Hare Club for Men.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I like rabbits.

  • NyN

    The Cubs really have nothing to lose if they are the high bidder on Darvish. If you get him signed that is great. If not you have at least removed him from the market for the year which will only strengthen the trade value of Matt Garza.

    • Smitty

      Very interesting view that I hadn’t considered. Very shrewd of the Theocracy if that is in fact their intent. Bid on Darvish not to get his services, but to get the most out of a Garza trade. I doubt that is what is happening, but very interesting none the less.

  • Robert

    http://www.businessinsider.com/rumor-bidding-for-yu-darvish-reached-50-million-2011-12
    Geez. someone really wants him.. i kinda hope it’s NOT the Cubs this much money on a guy unproven in the Big leagues. ehh… I’ll pass.

    • Toosh

      Agreed. Japanese pitchers have been nothing special once they came to the states. Nomo has done the best.

      • Adam H

        Matsuzaka was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in his 2nd year and also helped the red sox win a world series. That’s pretty special. And Yu is better than any Japanese pitcher that has come here yet by all reports. I hope the Cubs DID win the bid.

    • Spencer

      I kind of feel as though the fact that he’s unproven in the bigs gives whichever team signs him a huge advantage.  Scouting reports are going to be sparse, and teams aren’t going to know what to do with him, potentially for the whole season.  I know, I know, the counter argument is that the team is going to have him under control for more than a year, so then what?  But I refuse to believe that guys which as much talent as he is purported to have simply “lose it” upon coming to the MLB.  Maybe he won’t be putting up sub 2 ERA numbers for his career here, but I doubt that he’ll be a complete bust either.

  • die hard

    What type of steroid testing is done on Japanese, Cuban and other such players…would be insane to sign either or another only to discover that their juice is banned here…

    • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

      If they play in international competition, the standards there are tough. I don’t think its a big concern.

      • die hard

        But throughout the year they only play in their leagues which is a concern….

  • Mike F

    The winning team was from all accounts likely Toronto, but could still possibly be the Cubs. It’s pretty well known as of the moment it is neither the Yankees or the Rangers both of who didn’t bid above 49.

  • paul

    why does it look like we have all forgotten about Theo compensation? My only guess is that the longer it drags, better for Cubs end result?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think that was the Cubs’ plan all along.

      • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

        and the Red Sox…I think they were genuinely hoping for a top 5-10 prospect but when the Cubs didn’t cave and Bud stepped in that made the compensation more along the lines of, “Hey, who is that 31 year old that is in low A-ball?”

        • MoneyBoy

          He just signed with the Dodgers – Angel Guzman

  • Max

    How apropos that Vladimir and Estragon would find a place on a obsessive Cubs blog. There are many similarities between the trials of the two and that of Cubs fans waiting for a title. Well done, Brett. Well done.

    • The Omnipresent Mystery Team

      And here I thought the picture was of the expected return in a Soriano trade.

  • Mike F

    Sky high means over 50Million in this environment. The issue is 51M to dice K. If Theo did that for Dice K, it’s conceivable he bid 55M to this situation but highly doubtful. If Toronto over-reacted, they may well have repeated history as when Theo went 11 M over the Yankees probably for Dice K, but it’s very doubtful it went to much if any above 60M and it certainly didn’t go anywhere near 100M.

    At this point it”s known that it wasn’t either the Yankees or Rangers above 40-49M.

    • CubFan Paul

      its not known, its been speculated by beat writers that yanks and rangers are out ..i dont buy it

  • KB

    I’m all for the HOF letting in the best players, juiced or not.

    But if they’re not letting in Sammy Sosa, they sure as hell better not let in Bagwell.

    • Jim

      I agree, it takes more than muscles to hit a baseball.

  • Dumpman

    Well. I’ve read that our offer was “substantial”. So if we lose out, another offer has to be more substantial.

  • JulioZUleta

    For what it’s worth, there’s a guy on another blog I check from time to time who says he heard the Cubs won the bidding at $53 million. He definitely has some kind of source, I’ve seen him correctly call things many times, but who knows? I’m not sure I even want to win at that price.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, JZ. Care to share a link?

      • JulioZUleta

        Yeah hang on I’ll dig it up. They were actually quoting you in the comments, I think you still post on there as Ace, they were saying.

        The guy I’m talking about is a poster, not the article writer. His name is “joeby”. Sounds like a ridiculous idea to believe him, but like I was saying, he’s been right many many times, including nailing down every draft signing before it happened. If you read through the comments, they talk about him as if he’s Theo sometimes, saying things like “Well joeby says we’re going to sign…” Needless to say, they think he has a lot of credibility. It’s on bleedcubbieblue.

        • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

          joeby has been scary right on way to many things for me to discount him…he was nearly dead on at the draft signing deadline.

          • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

            Yeah, I was actually keeping an eye on his stuff as the deadline approached, trying to get a read on Ricky Jacquez (still wish he had signed).

            I’m not sure he has a source, but I’d not be surprised if he does.

            • JulioZUleta

              Yeah, if he doesn’t, he must have some psychic powers. Obviously I’d normally never put something I saw in the comments of a blog on here, but he’s been pretty accurate over a long period of time.

              • CubFan Paul

                whats his take on Fielder? or other free agents?

                • JulioZUleta

                  Honestly I only check that site once in a blue moon so I couldn’t really tell you.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Joeby was the guy who nailed many of the Cubs’ draft pick signings.

          • Mike Foster

            here’s the Joeby post;

            I was told Cubs won posting war

            53 mil next up Fielder

            by joeby231 on Dec 15, 2011 12:22 AM CST up reply actions

            • CubFan Paul

              ..$53M isnt “sky high” but we’ll see

    • Dumpman

      Thats exactly what I read on the bid. Just north of 51$ that was bid on Daiske.

  • die hard

    One wonders if Silva was handled better last spring that the Cubs wouldnt have a solid no. 4 for 3-5 years…theres more to the story of why Cubs released him at full pay for one yr!!!…maybe someone can find out?…must be nice to be able to throw around millions like most people pinch pennies…and if Darvish is a Cub, watch out for ticket prices….

  • Andy

    So, let’s say $53 mil posting fee.  Then another 5/$50 contract (probably low).  So we’d be looking at a paying him (with posting fee included) over $20m a year.  That would put him among the top 15 paid players in baseball.

    If we did, in fact, get Darvish, he better be incredibly good because he’ll be paid like he’s among the elite of the game.

    • die hard

      hello….someone else with common sense..should be more like you in Cubs front office…

    • The Omnipresent Mystery Team

      One correction – whoever wins will have to spend a lot, but Davish himself will not be paid like one of the best players in the game, because he does not get any of the posting fee.

      This is the challenge of the negotiation – you have to bid enough to win the rights to negotiate with him. But you have to have enough in your budget to still pay him what may be his only significant ML contract.

    • Hawkeyegrad

      While your point is valid, I think they go out more then 5 years given his age to lower the yearly cost due to the fixed component of the posting fee. If they posted $53 million and you assume $10 million a year for 6-7 years you are looking at $17.5-$19 million per year. You have to feel real good about his ace potential. However, you typically can not get a potential ace at the begginnig of the prime of his career without giving up anything other then cash so this is an unusual case.

      Looking at the highest paid pitchers below, I think all of these contracts were priovided to pitchers in their upper 20′s/early 30′s and I don’t think most of them ever hit free agency. Bottom line…assuming our FO has faith in the scouting, I’m on board with this type of a risk/reward profile.

      1. CC Sabathia, $24,400,000 (2012-16)
      2. Cliff Lee, $24,000,000 (2011-15)
      3. CC Sabathia, $23,000,000 (2009-15)
      4. Johan Santana, $22,916,667 (2008-13)
      5. Roy Halladay, $20,000,000 (2011-13)
      6. Carlos Zambrano, $18,300,000 (2008-12)
      7. Barry Zito, $18,000,000 (2007-13)
      8. Jake Peavy, $17,333,333 (2010-12)
      9. Jered Weaver, $17,000,000 (2012-16)
      10. A.J. Burnett, $16,500,000 (2009-13)
      .

  • ferrets_bueller

    “…after missing a few weeks with a jacked up face.”

    Randy Johnson played through that for years! Even won Cy Youngs!

    • Mike Foster

      LOL.

  • TSB

    I would be glad to see the Cubs have a pitcher that won’t be picked apart by the fantasy baseball crowd, and their endless statistical model fetish. well, won’t be picked apart for awhile at least…

    • Jewish Mother

      I dunno, I’d rather see the Cubs have a pitcher that won’t be picked apart by opposing offenses, but maybe that’s just me.

      • TSB

        No, more important is the pitchers’ WHIP, RAR, WAR, and the OBP, SLG, OPS, of the batters he faces. Not to mention, his CIA,SOB, and LOL. It is easier for the fantasy crowd to sit in front of their screen with a bag of Cheetos (or their slim-jim) and play manager than it is to actual watch the player play.

  • Christopher Trengove

    Nice “Waiting for Godot” reference

  • john

    if a team is convinced Darvish is an Ace then posting fee? 65 mil
    7 years 140 is tops. Posting fee half of that. Makes no sense to do short term

    • BAMF

      I think it makes no sense to do the long term. If we did win him at that price (which I hope we didn’t), why pay someone with a shelf life of 3-4 years (based on recent MLB history for other Japanese pitchers) for 7 years. Book him for the lowest amount possible and then if he’s worth it, resign him. Don’t automatically commit to him for 7-8 years.

      • john

        That logic doesn’t win the posting. Again all I am saying is
        the larger the posting fee the longer the contract. 7/140 tops for an ACE

        • BAMF

          I understand where you are coming for sure…ease the burden of the high bid over 7 years. In reality, I think you have to separate the 2. You pay to talk to him and then you pay to have him play. My point being that the first part does not affect the salary cap / luxury tax so it can’t be viewed in the same terms as contractual obligations to a player for an extended amount of time. If we put the bid in, which by most accounts should be in the low to mid 50′s, we should sign him to maybe a 4-5 year deal if possible which hopefully can be done at an incentive heavy 10 million or less per year. It still is risky given the fact that he is unproven at this level of competition, but it makes him movable if he isn’t the ace that everybody hopes for. Bottom line being, if you’re bid is accepted you lose that cash the minute he signs. Try to sign him to a reasonable contract and if he doesn’t accept, you get your cash back. Besides for Ichiro, what player from the past 20 years has lasted in the MLB for the long haul?

          • john

            We’re saying the same thing fee determines length.
            Darvish will not except less in contract then the posting fee.
            You have to double up at the least. Fee of 40 mil 4 years 50/5 60/6 70/7

      • john

        Plus dare I say @Die hard “Not Proven” Ace

      • paul

        winning team gains control of him for 6 years. If said team doesn’t project him very high they wouldn’t have bid high enough to get the right to negotiate. therefore the winning team must like him a lot, so the advantage comes back to the team if they can lock him into a longer contract. hopefuly the days are gone of building a team by waiting to see who is good, and then being stuck over paying them to come to your team

        • BAMF

          When you say gain control, does that mean that the cubs are obligated to sign him to a 6 year minimum?

  • Deer

    holdup could be Cubs won bid, but lack cash to pay fee. international implications, someone may take the fall. front office whiz kids may be broken up. day early, $50M short

    • paul

      not funny deer,
      one die hard is way more than enough. let’s just leave it at that

  • nonesuch

    FWIW.  link to report that Tokyo reporter says Cubs won bid.

    http://yudarvish.net/

    edit:  my bad.  that’s what I get for getting it off Cubs.com message board.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s either the wrong link, or somebody’s messin’. No mention of the Cubs there.

      • NL_Cubs

        See the Twitter Feed on left of page.

      • Todd

        Brett, look at the left side of the page, “TweetFeed.” Two reports on Cubs winning.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Those Twitter links don’t work…

          • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

            I tried em both, the top one leads you back to that site and the other leads you to what appears to be a company that bought the address to hold and sell.

            I am of the belief that the Cubs won at $53M – nothing more than an anonymous poster at another blog but that poster was dead on during the weeks leading to the draft signing day

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              That’s what I meant – not that they were dead links, but that they didn’t actually take you where they purported to take you. That suggests a scam site.

      • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

        Looks like a “rumor” and a Tokyo broadcaster are the two sources.

        • SirCub

          Interesting that the “rumors” of who won seem to be coming from Japanese sources. ESPN reports that the U.S. Commissioner’s office compiles the bids, and reports to the Ham Fighters what the highest bid was, but not who (which team) made it. Only once they accept it will the Commissioner’s office announce which team it was that made the bid. So, it seems like the leaks would have to come from U.S. sources, not Japanese.

          • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

            Excellent point. The dollar amount may come from Japan first, but the team identity should leak state side.

            Preferably any time now.

  • die hard

    have you Hurd about the Chicago Bear mess?….way worse than Steroids….role models, all of em….

  • Brian

    I am not 100% sure… but if I read it right, Rangers won the bid.

    Link here http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/baseball/npb/news/20111215-OHT1T00240.htm

    I am only quarter Japanese, so my reading could be little off too.
    I hope I am wrong!

    Update – I think I read it wrong…

    • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

      If I’m parsing the translation right, it’s saying that the Rangers bid $49,004,000 and that could be the highest bid.

      I think these guys have gotten a hold of the Rangers dollar amount, but aren’t sure that it is in fact the highest.

      Edit: I think it is crediting “local newspapers” for the possibility that Texas won. Could mean local to the Nippon Ham Fighters, could mean local to the Texas Rangers. My translation translating skills are just about exhausted at this stage.

      • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

        Google Translate language here:

        Darvish bid circumspect “future consideration” Nippon.
        Posting System (bidding) Nippon Ham pitcher Darvish aim to have a major transfer using (25) came out Rangers team could be the best bid. Dawn on January 16 (15 EST), was reported in local newspapers such. Bids million dollars to $ 49.004 million (£ 3.1 billion 100000000-38 yen) and expected. Bid at 7:00 am on July 15 (5:00 pm on April 14 Bronze) are closed to the Major League Baseball has announced that there was a team wants to win.

        Nippon 15, showed cautious about whether or not to accept. Shimada team interviewed representatives according to the team office in Sapporo in the “still here, I do not think that you can talk. Criteria for acceptance? We will consider including it now,” and clarified to avoid .

        But willing to respect the challenge major dull, “in deference to the will of the person, and say any amount, and also as ignoring the value of the principal. Become negative in many aspects, including the value of the team” to bid and showed no plans to accept regardless. Response deadline is 5:00 pm Eastern Time May 20 (7:00 am Japan time 21). “Until Congress does not have to go with, I have talked to many 通Sanakya is. In accordance with the rules in the rule that I 決Metai” he said.

        source: http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/baseball/npb/news/20111215-OHT1T00240.htm through Google translate using Auto Detect to English

        • Todd

          Can you run that through Google translate a few more times? I still can’t understand it.

          • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

            I did that and it came back the same, so I headed over to the web search and pressed in the box and google suggested that the Cubs won the bid for $4.9M

            So I typed in, Google, you are so smart, it replied with “I know, and you are pretty.” We are currently dating but I hear wedding bells (sorry Katie, but Google, is well…Google)

            • Todd

              Well, played. That gave me a good laugh, but your Google has, obviously, never met me.

        • Stinky Pete

          “Feel my skills, donkey donkey donkey, donkey donkey?”

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Google Translate – which could also be wrong – shows that it’s just kind of a generic article about the post. No winner in there. There’s a separate article that talks about the Rangers, but it appears to be referencing (and misinterpreting) Evan Grant’s report this morning about a possible high Jays bid.

  • die hard

    Darvish to Rangers splains why Maddux chose to stay put..oppty to work with next Nolan Ryun if reports as to kids ability are to be believed….I dont believe them…but some say

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