How much Darvish could get in a contract with a major league team would be of interest to everyone involved if he is soon to be divorced.
That Darvish, 25, and his actress wife Saeko, 27, are involved in divorce proceedings has been no secret in Japan for about a month and has been a hotter topic in the entertainment industry press than on the sports pages. Married on Nov. 11, 2007 (Darvish wears No. 11), they have two children.
Saeko, when asked about the divorce at an event promoting a book project last week, told reporters, “Well, hmm, there is still a ways to go.”
Asked if she expected a resolution by the end of the year, Saeko said, “I do not know the answer to that either.”
Obviously, it would be in Saeko’s best interest to reach a settlement after Darvish’s name is on a new multi-year contract worth more than the roughly $4.2 million he made last season.
Darvish is coming off an 18-6 season and has a 1.99 career earned run average over his seven seasons with the Fighters, but this year’s 1.44 ERA was a career-best. He allowed 156 hits in 232 innings this year, striking out 276 and walking 36.
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