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Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish.

11:10 PM: It’s all over.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid.

No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights to right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka back in November of 2006. They ended up agreeing to a six-year, $52 million contract.

The Rangers now have 30 days to work out a contract with Darvish. The 25-year-old right-hander is believed to be seeking a five-year deal in the range of $75 million, which could push the total investment north of $120 million. He is represented stateside by agent Arn Tellem.

Darvish went 18-7 with a career-low 1.44 ERA and a 276/36 K/BB ratio in 232 innings this season with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 185 pounds, he has a 1.99 career ERA over seven seasons in Japan.

The Rangers were considered one of the front-runners for Darvish all along, as general manager Jon Daniels scouted him in person this past season. If the two sides can work out a deal, Darvish will join a rotation which is set to include some combination of Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando.

No word on how close the Blue Jays were to the Rangers’ bid, but it will be interesting to see where they go from here. They are loaded with prospects, so they could pursue either Matt Garza or Gio Gonzalez via trade. And who knows, perhaps they could make a run at free agent first baseman Prince Fielder.

117 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. mianfr - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    So how much better than CJ Wilson is he actually going to be?

    • JBerardi - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:19 PM

      16.37% better.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:46 AM

        16.41 by my calculation. Idiot.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:11 AM

      I wish him well pitching in the heat of Texas in a hitters ball park.
      For the Jays, plan B is a trade. They came close on Latos and are in the hunt for Gonzalez. A package of T. Snider (OF), D. Cooper (1B), K. Drabek (SP) a D. McGwire (SP) would do the trick. All are former first round picks and all have upside potential.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

        No one wants Snider.

        Jays do have tond og actual prospects to trade for the available starters, though.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM

        Apparently my hand slipped. “tons of” obviously.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:45 PM

        According to the Toronto Star, the Jays also bid more than $50 million.

    • pjmarn6 - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:33 AM

      Rangers sure didn’t learn from their fiasco with Alex Rodriguez! Where do I sign up for one of these give aways. Daisuke Matsuzaka sure was a prize going 3-3 with a 5.30 era.

      • paperlions - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM

        First, this is a different ownership group.

        Second, they have a huge TV contract kicking in soon that will completely change their financial prospectus.

      • 18thstreet - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM

        Sure, Dice-K’s been a huge disappointment, but his career has lasted longer than one year. He was good for his first two years with the Sox. That he didn’t live up to the hype sort of hid that.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        A-Rod’s deal was five times this posting fee.

        And he earned it.

        But otherwise, spot on.

      • toosano - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        What athlete, let alone human, is worth that much money?
        This world’s priorities are pretty f*cked up.

      • Mohammed Chang - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        My name is toosano and I cannot conceptualize how scalable labor effects its prices.

      • pjmarn6 - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:52 PM

        Paperlions same team different idiots running it. History is the same and if you look at Daisuke Matsuzaka record this year it is 3-3 and 5.30 era. Well spent 50 million to get him and $32 million salary. Except for one good year he has been less than an average pitcher for Boston going 40-39 as a starting pitcher on a team that is supposed to be in the play offs every year.
        And paperlions the tv contract doesn’t come from the cable company, the money comes from the fans that pay the cable company. And I guarantee you they didn’t pay to see a mediocre Japanese pitcher costing Boston on average over $16 million a year.
        Just as the Yankee tv cable fans didn’t want to Alex Rodriguez hit .276 and drive in 66 runs and get paid $32.5 million last year.

      • pjmarn6 - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        My mistake over the last 5 years Daisuke Matsuzaka got $42,000,0000 not $32,000,000 and except for his one good year his ERA was 4.95 and his won lost record was 31-27.
        A team that is expected to get into the play offs every year can’t do it with a pitcher like that.

      • pjmarn6 - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:35 PM

        Doesn’t make a difference how much you pay these incompetents.
        Sports Illustrated estimates that 78 percent of former National Football League players, within two years of retirement, are bankrupt or “under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.” Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60 percent of former National Basketball Association players “are broke.”

        Recession or no recession, many NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball players have a penchant for losing most or all of their money. It doesn’t matter how much they make. And the ways they blow it are strikingly similar.

        The surest way to guarantee a poor performance from a baseball player is to give them a guaranteed contract. They should be paid on a performance basis and sign to be with a team for so many years on an across the board performance contract. Then every pitch and swing will be meaningful. Which one of you is going to guarantee your mechanic a $1000 to fix your car and then not complain when the car dies on you on the highway?

    • skids003 - Dec 20, 2011 at 7:39 AM

      Wasn’t this website reporting that Toronto had rights to him? Good reporting by MSNBC again.

      • kopy - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:03 AM

        I believe this website reported that the New York Post reported that Toronto had won the bid, and we were all warned to take it with a grain of salt because it’s the Post.

      • tashkalucy - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

        They were pushing it for almost a week.

        This is just a rumor site. Matthew is the only one that actually puts DD time in.

  2. pastortodd78 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Not sure I like this as a Rangers fan. Probably in the minority on that, but now we have Lewis, Holland, Harrison, Feliz, Ogando, Feldman, Darvish all contending for 5 starting spots and still quite a few high ceiling guys in the minors. But maybe I should be happy I mean when since the team moved to Texas have they had a plethora of starting pitching before?

    • randygnyc - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:23 PM

      Well, this essentially ends the chances of feliz becoming a starter.

    • protius - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:25 PM

      You wrote: “But maybe I should be happy I mean when_ since the team moved to Texas_ have they had a plethora of starting pitching before”?

      Aren’t you missing a couple of commas here that would make this sentence readable?

      Just sayin’

      • cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:53 PM

        Well for that matter you used your colon improperly: an independent clause should go before the colon. Just sayin’.

      • Chris K - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:02 AM

        Shouldn’t it be, “Well, for that matter, you used your colon improperly…”

        Just sayin’. I’m excited to see my own correction.

      • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:30 AM

        This aint no English class dude! If you want good grammar go back to school and teach it.

      • tuloisgod - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:25 AM

        cur68: And actually, you should capitalize the word “an” after the colon, since you have crafted your own independent clause. (Forgive me: former newspaper editor here.)

      • cowhawkfan - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:40 PM

        @Chris K I don’t believe the “…” was necessary, a simple period would have been more proper. Just saying…

    • JBerardi - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      One thing about all those starters you list… none of them came in as free agents. Arlington might be the toughest home park you could have as a pitcher; guys just don’t want to sign there. So the Rangers have to go other routs to get their starters. Obviously the farm system is a big part of that, but they’ve been creative there as well. CJ Wilson as a converted reliever, Colby Lewis as a Japanese re-import… and now this.

      • fordman84 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM

        Lewis was a FA when Texas signed him. Sure he was drafted by TX way back when, but did time with other teams after he failed the first time.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM

      Most of those guys are assured starting jobs, so it’s really like four guys contending for two spots. Many of them have relieving experience, and one or two pitchers are likely to miss significant time, so having 7 starters ain’t the worst “problem.”

    • bigtganks - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:33 AM

      Would you say you have a plethora of pitching? You told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora!

      • hardjudge - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:50 AM

        Plethora usually enters someone’s vocabulary during their first year of law school, most particularly in constitutional law. Assuming of course that they still teach con law.

      • Reflex - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:25 AM

        Fantastic quote, and a sadly under-quoted movie.

      • paperlions - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM

        I thought plethora entered peoples vocabularies from watching Three Amigos.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:49 AM

      Let me say, as a Red Sox fan, that you can never have too much pitching. Never ever ever. These things tend to work themselves out.

      • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:31 AM

        Let me say, as a Yankee fan, that you can never have too much pitching. Never ever ever. These things tend to work themselves out.

    • Richard In Big D - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      Don’t be surprised to see something you haven’t seen before with the Texas pitching staff. Having that many starters that have all been working towards going deeper in to games could mean that they’re planning something like using a six, or even seven man rotation. The extra rest, combined with their heightened single game durability, would mean a whole lot more 8 and 9 inning outings, only going to the pen for one or two innings a game, with nothing but shutdown guys to go to (as opposed to the traditional failed starters as mop-up guys). Don’t put it past JD to concoct something like that, and Wash to take it and enthusiastically run with it…

    • stex52 - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      In reference to comments below let me say this as a fan of MLB.

      There is no such thing as too much starting pitching.

      Besides, Texas’ hitting is awesome. If you look at the WS, you had a bunch of tired relievers from too many innings in the regular season. Get yourself enough starting pitching to eat those extra innings.

  3. spytdi - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Sweet! 2 pitchers plucked from Japan in the same rotation.

  4. marshmallowsnake - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    It would be interesting to see what the second place bid was. The Rangers must have been really pissed about finishing second two years in a row to over pay as such.

  5. pastortodd78 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    Plus I think that money could better be spent to lock up Holland, Hamilton, Kinsler, & Napoli.

    • marshmallowsnake - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      At least one of them.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      It still might – we don’t know how their funds work. We don’t really know how any MLB teams operate to the T.

      But if in the end, these guys aren’t kept, it will make Texas look foolish.

  6. randygnyc - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    Darvish must be happy he’s not going to be a blue jay. He’ll be in America and have a chance to win a ring during his career.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      I don’t know, I think I’d rather live in Toronto than Dallas.

      • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:35 AM

        And forfeit the opportunity to win a world series during your career? It’s ok, many players do. Look at those that play on the royals or pirates, for example. They play big league ball. Still get multiple million dollar contracts, but aren’t under the delusion that they’ll be playing in the fall classic, ANYTIME SOON.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM

        Toronto’s a pretty good team, an likely to get better. And with the extra WC spot, the AL East isn’t as tough to make the playoffs from. In addition, this is a team that won two in a row not that long ago. I’m not sure how you can compare it to perennial 90-loss teams that haven’t won it all in 30 years.

      • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:59 AM

        Sorry Ari, baseball has changed since 1995 when teams began owning their tv stations. That allows the Yankees, red sox and a few other teams to rake in the money. It’s an aberration when those two don’t finish one and two. It’s going to seem to me, in the very near future that the additional wild card will be coming from the al west. Rangers and angels will also regularly finish higher than Toronto. It’s been 20 years since they competed. More recent history shows that the players that value winning as their top priority ask to be traded or leave first chance they get. Roy Holliday would fit that bill. My analysis is so spot on, they blue jay fans didn’t hold it against him for leaving. They appreciated his years of effort but knew your team couldn’t deliver on his dream of winning.

      • cur68 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:23 AM

        “My analysis is so spot on, they blue jay fans didn’t hold it against him for leaving. They appreciated his years of effort but knew your team couldn’t deliver on his dream of winning.”

        That’s one take. Another would be: we like Roy Halliday (not sure who this “Roy Holliday” you refer to is: Matt’s brother? Does he have a brother?). We knew he did his best for that team but there was just not quite enough talent there. Pity, too. I’m with Ari: can’t wait for April. The Beaver Wrestlers got better in September (Lawrie & Alverez coming up), and now have a closer (Santos: and he was cheap, too). Anthopolous has dough to spend and perhaps he might set his sights on Fielder. He can certainly make trades for Votto, Gonzalez or Garza: the Jays are prospect rich and have money to spend if the return is worth it. I wish the Yankees & Sox well: they drive the fortunes of baseball by a large extent. But, no doubt about it, they’ve not done much to get better.

        You are about the only semi-sane person saying this stuff about them being duds forever and ever. Must be those homer glasses getting in the way of your otherwise not too bad judgment.

      • Chris K - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:05 AM

        Dude, Roy HALLADAY. I agree with the point you’re trying to make, but if you’re going to be one of “those guys” who resort to attacking grammar in an argument, at least get it right…Especially for Roy.

      • shezbot - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:01 AM

        “Sorry Ari, baseball has changed since 1995 when teams began owning their tv stations. That allows the Yankees, red sox and a few other teams to rake in the money.” – randygnyc

        You know the Jays are owned by Rogers Communication, one of the largest telecoms in North America right? They own multiple television stations including many sports networks (featuring every Jays game and extended coverage).

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        Which randy have you been reading, cur?

    • davemac32001 - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:14 AM

      The Jays can’t hear you Randy, they’ve got their two World Series rings in their ears…

      • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:59 AM

        None of the current players. Maybe their parents have one. They can also see them on display in a museum. Baseball has changed radically in the last two decades since they won.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM

        As opposed to all the rings the Texas players have.

    • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:33 AM

      With the kind of money he’ll have to pay his ex wife he better be more concerned with dollars as oppose to rings. And can we now put to rest the fact that its only the Yanks and the Sox who over pay for free agents

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:04 AM

        The Nationals also overpay free agents.

    • paperlions - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Darvish isn’t coming here to win a WS, he’s coming here to make a crap ton of money.

  7. steelersfan1983 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Huge posting fee! He has a lot of upside though. Still this is a big gamble.

    • JBerardi - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:33 PM

      Still this is a big gamble.

      Which makes it the best kind of gamble. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

      • evanwins - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM

        No, the best gamble is the cheapest one with the best odds. This is the most expensive one with not great odds.

        Let me put it to you this way:
        Name one Japanese pitcher who came to America and had a successful 5 year span of a career.
        (Dice K – 5 years, 105 GS (32 his 1st year, 7 last year), 4.35 ERA, 623 IP (Halladay in same time: 1200 IP, Sabathia same time 1200 IP), 1 CG)

        It’s different in Japan and it just doesn’t translate to pitching in America.

        And my comparisons? Halladay and Sabathia? That’s about what Darvish will end up having cost the Rangers. So he better perform like them or it’s a bad deal.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:56 AM

        “It’s different in Japan and it just doesn’t translate into pitching in America”

        What do you mean by that, exactly?

      • JBerardi - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:59 AM

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kurodhi01.shtml

        “No, the best gamble is the cheapest one with the best odds. This is the most expensive one with not great odds.”

        So you’d rather have a 50% chance of winning a dollar than a 2% chance of winning a million dollars? You can’t have it both ways; if you want a bigger payoff, you’re going to have to take bigger risks. The Rangers aren’t making the safest play, they’re making the max upside play. It’s a ballsy move and I love it for that.

      • evanwins - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM

        Jberardi:

        Your $1 comparison is moronic. First off it’s not “a dollar”, it’s going to end up at 100 million times that ($100 million). So if you ask your same question, would I rather have a 50% (good) chance at doubling it or a 2% (awful, highly unlikely) chance on $1 billion), I’ll take the 50% chance every time, and I would think almost everyone else would too.

        Look up any MLB pitchers stats from when they pitched in Japan. Compare them to their MLB stats. Stars in Japan are just regular old 3rd or 4th starting pitchers here.

        By the way, I have an used car I want to sell you, it could be the greatest thing ever or it might not even work at all, all I want for it is twice the retail asking price. I’m gonna assume you want it, right?

  8. pastortodd78 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    They already made the decision to make Feliz a starter. I would say it puts Ogando back in the 8th inning and makes Harrison expendable.

    • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:17 AM

      And go without a closer, when they already have one? They needed another starter before tonight. Now, not so much. I would bet feliz has already received his phone call tonight.

      • rhandome - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:29 AM

        “Closer” isn’t some complex specialty that only a few guys have the steel will and mentality to perform, even if dumb GMs think differently. Any above-average reliever can close adequately.

      • rooney24 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM

        You would think “closer” should be able to be covered by an above-average reliever. But, yet, how many flame out when trying to close? The Cardinals just last year used 3 or 4 different guys in that role. Each one flamed out before having to be replaced. While sabermetrics will tell you the role of closer is overrated, the simple fact is that you are not going to be a really good team, and make a run in the postseason, if you don’t have a solid closer that you can trust in pressure situations. The role of closer is more than a sum of its parts.

  9. cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Can’t say I’m not disappointed, but this does mean Anthopolous has some dough to get all combination prospect + money-happy to get Garza or Gonzalez.

    I sincerely hope Darvish is happy in Texas. Good luck to him.

  10. atx22dallas - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Yu Darvish > Cliff Lee

    • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:57 AM

      Little early for that, don’t ya think

  11. pastortodd78 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Did not realize posting here required proofing everything for commas…especially when posting from my iPhone. Wow. Nitpicky much?

    • JBerardi - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:55 PM

      Is basic sentence construction now too much to ask? The fact that you’re on an iPhone doesn’t make it any easier to for the person on the other end to parse what it is you’re trying to say.

      • davemac32001 - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:18 AM

        yes it are ok right?

    • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:41 AM

      Next thing you be seeing people correcting our conjugations, verbs, adverbs and let’s not forget our dangling participles. Can I scratch my participles in this bloog?

  12. pastortodd78 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    Half the comments here are riddled with spelling and grammar errors. But this is a sports blog not an English/proof reading one.

    • cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:40 PM

      Relax my friend. That guy posts here like once a month, so what does he know? No one on here cares that much about punctuation.

    • b7p19 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:46 PM

      Just so long as this is your last mistake; we just don?t need to see folks be messin> wit the language.

      • txnative61 - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:30 AM

        Eschew obfuscation. Endorse clarity.

  13. pastortodd78 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Darvish over Lee. Maybe but he has to prove it. The Rangers broke the bank for Lee, he took less money to go to Philadelphia. The biggest upside to Darvish over Lee right now is age. But who, right now, projects better in 5 years? Holland or Darvish?

    • cur68 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:52 PM

      My moneys on Holland. No cultural issues. Big strong kid. He’ll get better and he’s already plenty good against MLB hitting. Darvish is going to get worse for a bit but should settle down by mid season. He’ll probably top out as a pretty good pitcher, but he’s probably not as good as Mr. Holland IMO.

      • jwbiii - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM

        Glad you saw the news. Good health to you!

      • cur68 - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:02 AM

        Thanks, jwb.

      • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:22 AM

        I’m a Yankee fan and I’m not real happy about this tonight. I have a feeling that Darvish is going to be a beast. Perfect pitchers body and throws hard. IMO, the gut feeling (haven’t seen Darvish pitch yet) I have is that Darvish will be much better than holland. I’m thinking he could be the real ace that cj could never be.

        I’m bitter.

  14. aceshigh11 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Interesting move. I can’t wait to see Darvish pitch in the AL.

    Even though I’m a Red Sox fan, I’d love to see the Rangers finally win a WS. They’ve been too damned good the last couple of years not to snag at least one with their current crop of talent.

    • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:45 AM

      What kind of Sox fan wishes for someone other then the Sox to win the World Series. You should be banished from The Fens for the rest of your life. You’re probably and undercover Yankee fan at heart

  15. mydadyourmom - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    As a Jays fan….Yes!! Thank God. I guess people are oblivious to how shitty Japanese pitchers are in the bigs.
    Also to the dork who said he’s happy to be in America, you ignint.

    • marinersnate - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:31 AM

      I do not wish to appear stupid. But exactly what is an “ignint”?

      • cur68 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:25 AM

        I’m ashamed to say I know the answer: It’s how the ignorant say “ignorant”. My fellow Canuck is just trying to communicate in a vernacular that the chap to whom he is addressing his comment is used to.

      • marinersnate - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:39 AM

        Thanks Cur. I was ‘cornfused’….

  16. Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    A bit of an overpay considering the downside risk, but I think Hamels/Cain/Greinke are really going to blow minds with what they get next offseason, and $110MM for Darvish won’t look so bad in retrospect.

    The AL should be pretty exciting next year. And I think Toronto is going to turn their attention elsewhere (Fielder, maybe?), making the league even stronger.

    Can’t wait for April!

    • evanwins - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:55 AM

      Hamels/Cain/Greinke will be established Major League pitchers. You GLADLY fork over that kind of money to an established Major League pitcher.

      That’s not what the Rangers did here. They paid that kind of money for a guy who throws a different ball, to lessor batters, off a steeper mound, every 7 days.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:02 AM

        The ball was the same last year. And although he throws every 7 days, he goes deep into games, thus pitching the same amount.

        Obviously we have to see how he’ll do in MLB. But my guess is that a year from now, we’ll see him as a near ace, and Hamels/Grienke/Cain will make it look like less of an overpay.

        It’ll be fun to find out!

      • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:01 AM

        Lesser batters, yeah…but he also had a 1.44 ERA. I mean, think about it.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:03 AM

        It’s not like he was pitching to elementary schoolers in Goober, Idaho. Japan is supposed to be somewhere between AAA and MLB.

    • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:48 AM

      Hey Ranger Fans! Be prepared to see your ticket prices rise, your cable bill increase as a result the Rangers’ Sport Network and you better drink your Hams beer in the parking lot because the concession prices are about to go through the roofs. Ooopps no roof at that ball park. My bad!

  17. APBA Guy - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Is this all part of some mysterious Yankees plot?

    Get another team (any team, doesn’t matter) to post the huge fee and do a long term contract.

    Darvish comes to Texas, gets heat exhaustion in July, has shoulder problems. Rangers finish second to the Angels.

    Darvish is traded to the Yankees, where, after his adjustment year, he becomes a significant improvement over AJ as Sabathia’s wingman.

    Far fetched, or Cashman genius?

    Of course, Nolan Ryan, smelling the rat, uses Darvish sparingly, and he posts quality numbers in limited use, spelling Feliz and Ogando as they develop stamina to start 30 times a season for Texas.

    Texas wins their first series, and Darvish becomes a cornerstone of their dynasty.

    Which scenario is more or less likely?

  18. mydadyourmom - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Mariner. Ignint=this Randy idiot.

    • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:11 AM

      Or better yet. Randy gives facts and opinions and “mydaddyyourmom” poster come here without the ability to critically analyze Randy’s writings. Instead, he gets emotional and irrational. Also known as ignit (ignorant), which btw, is defined as “not knowing the facts”

      • Ari Collins - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Says the man who thinks the Jays don’t own their television station.

  19. mydadyourmom - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Yes! A wise post. Japanese pitchers all blow in the end.

  20. fhuizar - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    He’ll be good for a year or 2 then hitters, scouts, managers will figure him out

    See most asian pitchers that make the move to MLB

  21. hardjudge - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Is he the first 1/2 Iranian to make the majors?

  22. yankeesgameday - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:45 AM

    The Texas heat will eat this guy alive. And guarantee he knows it. I bet this deal doesn’t close.

    • JBerardi - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

      How much would you like to bet?

    • baseballisboring - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:06 AM

      I bet he cares more about money than inclement weather.

      • randygnyc - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:10 AM

        He’s already rich. Besides competing with the best, he wants to win. That’s why he wants to come here. He would have been disappointed to wind up with second and third rate taxi squads like the cubs and jays.

      • kopy - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM

        If he wants to win he’ll sign with the team that has won the last 2 AL pennants, no?

  23. Chris K - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    This is so weird. Until just now, I wanted Darvish to be the best pitcher in the league. Now I want him to be a bust.

    Full disclosure: I am a native Torontonian.

    • henryd3rd - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:51 AM

      I will not hold that against you. I’m a Trinidadian. Does that make us distant cousins?

      • Francisco (FC) - Dec 20, 2011 at 8:39 AM

        It’s the same Commonwealth right?

  24. uyf1950 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Actually the Jays could use to add both a starting pitcher and a bat if they hope to be competitive in the AL East in 2012.

    Looking at their teams numbers from 2011 they were a negative 18 in run differential. They allowed over 100 more runs than the Yankees, nearly 150 more than the Rays and 25 more than the Sox. In runs scored, they scored nearly 125 runs fewer than the Yankees, and 30 runs fewer than the Sox.

    So yes if the Jays hope to compete in the AL East and make a run at the traditional leaders of the division they will need to sign both a pitcher and a bat. If it’s Prince Fielder and Gio they are looking at adding about $25MM per year to their payroll. If it’s Fielder and Garza they are probably looking at about $30MM per year to their payroll. That’s not including what they would have to give up to either the A’s or the Cubs in prospects for either of those pitchers. They have the money, but is that something they are will to take on?

    • uyf1950 - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      Just an oops moment, in the 2nd paragraph at the end.

      It should be “130 runs fewer than the Sox” NOT 30 as my fingers typed.

      Sorry about that.

  25. sdelmonte - Dec 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    So Darvish is taking his talents to Southfork?

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