Darvish to Toronto?
Today I was participating in an online chat with Baseball America’s scouting guru Jim Callis. It contained most of the typical post-draft jibber-jabber until one question piqued my interest:
Adam (Top of CN Tower about to jump)
Just a recap.. the Jays “save” money letting Rios go. Plus other moves to “save” money.. then they don’t sign 3 of their top 4 draft picks including Paxton who is Canadian and could go top 10 next year… This is all positive developments no ? I am getting closer to the ledge right now…. unreal
Jim Callis (3:00 PM)
Turns out Callis was using new chat software and answered Darvish for the following question: Who is better, Aroldis Chapman or Yu Darvish?
I have followed Yu Darvish previously and got all fired up, running to Twitter to let the Blue Jays blogosphere/cognoscenti know how exciting 2010 would be with Yu Darvish in the fold. I feel bad now, but also not really. At this point in the season all we have left are dreams of next season.
Picture the Jays rotation in 2010 with Darvish in the fold: Halladay, Darvish, Marcum, Romero, Richmond/Rzepczynski/Cecil/McGowan (I pray!)/. All of a sudden the Jays have some depth and a very decent 1-2-3. PLAYOFFS!!
If the rumours of a payroll boost are true (hat tip to Jeff Blair) coupled with the savings on Rios, Rolen & the draft it is not ENTIRELY out of the realm of possibility that the Jays could compete for Darvish. Take into account the substantial Japanese community in Toronto, the chance to pitch under the brightest spotlight in baseball (the AL East of course) etc. etc….. it could happen. Not likely, but it could happen. A guy can dream.