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Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:24 AM
So when the gloom-and-doom posse comes circling, complaining that we whiffed on Darvish, they're upset because the Cubs didn't blow away the pack by increasing the consensus bid by another 80% or so?
Posted 08 March 2012 - 11:38 AM
So yes it's silly to be upset that the Cubs didn't bid 55M.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:28 PM
The thing everyone forgets: there were rumors coming out of Japan that Darvish would be very UNLIKELY to sign if his posting fee was extraordinarily high, because he thinks the posting system is unfair. That could explain why so many teams bid in the low $20M range. They were trying to be the highest, without being insanely high.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:00 PM
Had Darvish hit the free agent market outright instead of passing through that ridiculous posting system, I think the Cubs would have had a great shot at him. But I can't blame a team for losing in a single round blind competitive bid process no matter what the final bid amounts are. Whether the Cubs finished first or last, they put in a bid they thought would win.
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