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Yu Darvish might be the best pitcher on the market this winter, if he is made available. Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire

A version of this story appears in the October 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

EVEN THOUGH THE WORLD SERIES is still a couple of weeks away, many fans are already buzzing about this winter's free agent class, which includes Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Jose Reyes. But the star who could generate the most off-season hype has never played a major league game -- and might not for a few more years. His name? Yu Darvish.