Yu Darvish said he’d like to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Maybe he would, but that’s a question not even worth asking. Here’s a better phrasing of that question: Would you like to eliminate the biggest-spending team and all memory of your teammates before free agency even begins? The answer, of course, is of course not.
But the reality is that after Darvish’s unfortunate World Series, there isn’t much chance the Dodgers bestow the $100 million-plus deal on him that he will surely get elsewhere. The Dodgers’ new regime has yet to spend nine figures on anyone – they smartly brought back stars Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner for $80 million and $64 million – and it’s hard to see them breaking the bank for a pitcher they just imported who was shelled in both his World Series starts for them.
“No chance,” one rival exec said of the odds of a Darvish re-signing by the Dodgers.
Darvish does deserve big points for being a class act. He was very nice to send a letter to the Dallas Morning News absolving Rangers pitching coaches of his woes in Texas (at that point, he had been doing much better in L.A.) and he handled the unfortunate Yuli Gurriel gesture with as much grace as humanly possible, even with all the translation issues.
In the end, as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times revealed, Darvish was very kind to Gurriel under the circumstances. He certainly didn’t make as much out of it as he could have.
Dodgers baseball president Andrew Friedman also was asked at the after-season news conference whether they’d look to bring Darvish back, and he didn’t rule it out. Of course he didn’t. Why would he rule it out publicly, either?
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