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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is scouting Yu Darvish in Japan

Jun 24, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

Yu Darvish pitch

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels isn’t present for this weekend’s interleague series against the Mets. But for good reason.

According to T.R. Sullivan of, Daniels was busy scouting right-hander Yu Darvish in Japan.

In fact, Danny Knobler of has the photo evidence of Daniels in attendance for his Friday start with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed one run over eight innings while striking out 13 and walking just one. He’s now 9-2 with a 1.37 ERA over 11 starts to go along with a fantastic 106/10 K/BB ratio over 92 innings.

There have been some reports that Darvish intends to come over to the United Status via the posting system following the 2011 season. Looks like we can expect the Rangers to be in the mix.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    This kid is going to be a stud.

    • bloodysock - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:51 AM

      The guys that scouted and signed Irabu, Nomo, Igawa and Dice-K all said the same thing.

      • derklempner - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:56 AM

        Didn’t Nomo throw a couple of no-hitters?

  2. pisano - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Oh dear God no, another Dice-k. Ask Boston if they want to piss away another 100mil. Sooner or later U.S. teams will realize these guy from Asia don’t last here. It’s an all together different game over here compared to what they face there.

    • bbk1000 - Jun 25, 2011 at 6:59 AM

      Yea, Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo didn’t last….get real.

      • uyf1950 - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        Chan Ho Park was Korean not Japanese and didn’t cost $100M to sign which is probably what Darvish will cost if not more. You might also ask the Rangers if they think they got value from him for the $65M he was paid by the Rangers for 3 season 2002/2004. Combined 14W-18L and an ERA of 6.18 not a lot of value there. In terms of value he was probably a bigger bust for the Rangers then Dice K is for the Sox. As for Nomo he spent virtually his entire career in the National League with bigger ballparks and no DH, and the Dodgers didn’t have to pay a posting fee to sign Nomo. He cost the Dodgers less then $10M to sign for 4 years. A very big difference. Just my opinion but the Rangers will be sorry if they sign this guy for anything more then a few million dollars. History has not shown starting pitchers from Japan to be worth the expense. That’s just my opinion

      • uyf1950 - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

        bbk – BTW, it’s one thing to last it’s something else completely to provide value for the team that lays out $100M to have you play ML baseball.

  3. bbk1000 - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Who said Japanese, didn’t Pisano say Asia? Yes he did…..

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