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Looking Back At The 2006 Japanese Player Signings

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As we try to predict where and when Yu Darvish will sign, let's take a look back at other famous Japanese player signings, how look the deals took, and how long the overall process took.

Kei Igawa-

November 16, 2006: Posted by the Hanshin Tigers.

November 29, 2006- Yankees announced as highest bidder.

December 27, 2006- Signed contract with New York Yankees, officially joining the team.

Daisuke Matsuzaka-

November 2, 2006: Posted by the Seibu Lions.

November 14, 2006: Red Sox announced as highest bidder.

December 14, 2006: Signed contract with Boston Red Sox, held news conference to announce the deal.

Akinori Iwamura-

November 10, 2006: Posted by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

November 14, 2006: Rays announced as highest bidder.

December 15, 2006: Rays sign Iwamura.

2006 was a big year for Japanese players signing in the MLB, and if it is any indication of how the process works for Darvish, the process will move quickly.

Look for Darvish to be posted, then the winning bidder announced one to two weeks later, and the contract announced a month after that.