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Rangers, Yu Darvish not gelling on length of contract

Jan 15, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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Rangers president Nolan Ryan seemed confident last week that a deal would be struck with Japanese starter Yu Darvish before Wednesday’s deadline.

But that’s suddenly just three days away.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are disagreeing on the amount of years — not the amount of dollars — that will frame Darvish’s first major league contract. Darvish’s camp wants the deal to be for five years so that he can hit free agency sooner and possibly cash in again, and the Rangers want to lock him up for six to maximize the value of their record $51,703,411 posting fee.

It still seems like a given that one side will eventually cave and that a compromise will be reached. Darvish probably isn’t interested in returning to Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Rangers wouldn’t have made such an aggressive push for the 25-year-old right-hander if they weren’t enamored with him.

Darvish, who stands 6′ 5″, posted a 1.44 ERA and 276/36 K/BB ratio in 232 innings last season in NPB.

  1. randygnyc - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    This won’t possibly be an obstacle to finishing this deal. Arguing over 1 year? Nah, this is a non story. He’ll sign, for sure. Too bad.

  2. lyon810 - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I would love for this to fall through…can only hope

  3. dondada10 - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Nothing’s falling through. It’ll be 5 years with some sort of option for a 6th.

  4. buffalomafia - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Rangers better not fuck up on this deal cause the Yankees just my steal him!

    • miketreedy - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Another very delusional and confused Yankee fan.

  5. illbilliv - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    they will get it done. The Rangers are still crazy for paying 50+ million just to negotiate! I hope he signs and is a ginormous bust!

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Yeah, I hate seeing good baseball….I wished more guys sucked, that would be awesome.

  6. Ben - Jan 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Prince Fielder at 5/110+Edwin Jackson at 2/16>Yu Darvish at 120+

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Maybe, but neither Fielder nor Jackson are disposed to signing those types of deals.

      • Ben - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        I’m not particularly disposed to working for what my employer pays me either. Unfortunately no one else is throwing piles of money at me to work for them, so I take what’s offered.

  7. paperlions - Jan 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Darvish can push for 5 years all he wants, but if this falls through, he goes back to Japan and if he is posted again next year the team that wins the bid will STILL want 6 years….and if he gets 5 then he would be the same age when he hits FA as he would signing for 6 with Texas….only, he would make less money during those 6 years.

    There is just no scenario where it makes sense for Darvish to not get a deal done.

    • jimbo1949 - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      AFAIK, if he plays another year in Japan he would be a free agent with no posting fee.

      • paperlions - Jan 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Darvish won’t be a FA until after 2014.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM


  8. hermitfool - Jan 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Do you suppose the Ranger’s flirtation with Fielder has more to do with pressuring Darvish than with any serious interest in Fielder?

    • miketreedy - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      Not as much as I think it does in negotiations with Josh Hamilton on his renewal.

  9. romoscollarbone - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    The player has the leverage. Because of the crazy posting fee, it allows him to know their level of interest and commitment. I’d venture to guess it will be a 5 yr deal with a mutual option for year 6, and a high priced team option for a 7th year. Maybe 5 @ 15 per yr avg, option of like 23 year 6 and something absurd like 28 for year 7, in case he’s beyond belief.

    • paperlions - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      The player doesn’t really have any leverage. If he doesn’t sign, he goes back to Japan and the rangers are refunded their posting fee, with plenty of other options to improve their team and with at least $60M in their pockets that they planned on spending this year for Darvish.

  10. siouxyaya17 - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Rangers should hold the negotiation advantage here. Unless this guy wants to head back to Japan, sign the papers!

  11. illbilliv - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    paperboy ur wack!

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