Friday, February 05, 2010

Yu Darish in the Orange and Black?

An impressive Giants blog I've just discovered -- Remember '51 -- has a pretty good post about a couple of Japanese players. They are free agent 34-year-old Hisanori Takahashi, who's considered by several MLB teams including the Giants -- and 23-year-old Yu Darvish, who doesn't want to play in the U.S.

Remember '51 doesn't think Takahashi is worth signing but is very intrigued by Darvish -- If you watched any of the WBC last year, you'll know that his stuff is flat out nasty. In many ways, if people thought "Dice-K" was great in those last two World Baseball Classics, they really haven't seen anything yet.Darvish is an incredible strikeout artist, as evidenced by his 210 and 208 strikeouts in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Granted, his strikeout numbers went down to 167 strikeouts in 182 innings pitched in 2009, but that probably was to be expected after shouldering a pretty hefty work load in Japan's second-straight WBC championship run prior to the 2009 Japanese season.

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