It looks like the Mets are taking a serious look at Japanese sensation, right-handed starting pitcher, Yu Darvish.
Two weeks ago, the Mets and Yankees had scouts on-hand to watch Darvish showing off his electrifying assortment of pitches, all of which he can throw for strikes.
Darvish struck out 10 hitters in that game for his tenth double digit strikeout game of the year, and despite the loss scouts were extremely impressed and abuzz with excitement.
Then this weekend, NPB Tracker reported that Mets scouts were on-hand again and continue to keep a watchful eye on Darvish who has been tabbed by many as the best international pitcher in the world.
There is still no official word that the Nippon Ham Fighters will post Darvish and allow Major League teams to bid for the rights to negotiate exclusively with him, and some have said that as long as the team continues to be a playoff contender they will not risk losing Darvish for fear of fan backlash.
Darvish has been dogged by a few injuries in the previous two seasons, so this season he has pitched every sixth day instead of five and it has helped to keep him effective and injury free.
The 24-year old phenom throws a 96-97 mph explosive fastball as well as five other pitches which he can command including a hard slider with a wicked break and a deceptive splitter that has become one of his key out pitches. Darvish has ditched the screwball which many attributed to his previous arm troubles. He is currently the highest paid pitcher in Japanese Baseball.
It’s hard to say how serious a run the Mets would make at Darvish if he does become available, but unless they intend to make a far better effort than they did for Yuniesky Maya and Aroldis Chapman, they could just be wasting our time and theirs. The Yankees figure to be the strongest and most aggressive suitor for Darvish.
Here is a video of Darvish highlighting some of his most exciting moments.