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Report: Rangers and Yu Darvish agree to deal

Jan 18, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Nothing official yet and no word on the terms, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rangers and Darvish have agreed to a deal.

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With less than two hours to go until the Rangers’ deadline to sign Yu Darvish arrives, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an “agreement looks imminent.”

According to Sullivan “all indications are that the Darvish deal will get done soon” and “a press conference is expected this evening” at the Rangers’ ballpark.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the contract is expected to be for six years, while Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram says it’ll be five years with a sixth-year option.

Stay tuned.

  1. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    105.3 the Fan in Dallas is reporting Yu is in Arlington for the press conference to announce the deal. Go Rangers!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Bob Barker is also reporting that there is a deal.

  2. phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    A 5-6 year contract for a guy that has never thrown a pitch in the majors…

    Hahahahahahahahaha!!!

    • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      What were the Phillies thinking signing Roy Halladay anyway? Dude never threw a single pitch in the National League.
      They got all kinds of new-fangled things that help teams decide if a guy is worth the money they throw at him. Scouts, for example. They’re the latest craze.

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

        You’re going to throw this guy’s name in the same breath as Roy Halladay? Are you kidding? That’s blasphemy.

        I guarantee you that the Rangers are giving Darvish big money over this 5-6 year deal. The guy is unproven and hasn’t pitched against MLB hitters. Who knows how he’s going to do.

        I bet there will be no national outcry with the deal though, like the Phillies got for signing Papelbon, who has pitched against MLB hitters and had great success. This signing is far more egregious than the Papelbon signing by far.

      • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        I forgot that analogies are completely lost on you.
        “The guy is unproven and hasn’t pitched against MLB hitters. Who knows how he’s going to do.”
        He isn’t unproven. He has pitched in Japan in front of scouts and other people who are much better at evaluating baseball talent than you or I, and who have experience in factoring how that talent will translate to the majors. Certainly no one can KNOW what he’s going to do, but very smart baseball people know that he is a very, very talented pitcher who will most likely do just fine against major league hitters. Hence the Halladay reference – no one knew for sure how he would pitch in the NL for the Phillies, but based on his experience, baseball people could be quite sure that he’d be just fine.

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Your analogy is flawed. Halladay pitched against Major League hitters in the American League. He went to the National League and nothing changed. Still Major League hitters. Actually, he had more of an advantage going to the NL because he got to face the pitcher instead of the DH.

        Japanese hitters are not at the same level as MLB. It’s actually not very close. Scouts can only guess what he will translate to in the big leagues. Point is he has never done it and giving a 6 year contract to an unknown for big time money is foolish.

      • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        The analogy was mostly a joke to highlight the fact that no one ever really KNOWS what’s going to happen. But these baseball people can make a way more educated guess than you or I can.

        Speaking of false analogies though, I don’t understand your Papelbon one. Again, who knows what will happen, but I can demonstrate that before last season his HR, walk and hit rates increased every season. Maybe he turned it around. But I can’t think of a deal anywhere near that 4 years-$50 mil for a not-Rivera reliever that worked out well for the team. That’s the knock: based on his role and the history, the odds of him being worth that much are very slim.

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        nategearhart,

        Let’s take this from another angle. According to most of the pundits, the worse signing last year was the contract the Nats gave to Jayson Werth, 7 years/126 million. Obviously, we know that the Nationals had to overpay for him to lure him to a team that is rebuilding. But, Werth was given that contract because he was very successful against MLB pitching. Pretty good hitter. And he will bounce back this year, I guarantee you. The pundits this year say the worse signing was Papelbon, even though the guy was the best closer on the FA market. At least Werth and Papelbon have excelled at the MLB level. Darvish has not thrown a single pitch in the majors, the Rangers pay over 50 million for a posting fee and now sign Darvish to a 6 year contract worth god only knows million of dollars. How can this be viewed as a smart signing?

      • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        I’mma just call you Phil…. :P
        I don’t think the Darvish and Papelbon signings can be really compared. I personally don’t put a lot of stock in the whole “closer mentality” business and I don’t like saves, so I personally think that paying that much for just about ANY reliever is a bad idea.
        Darvish is tricky…I concede that it is very, very risky, especially when you tack on the posting fee. But as I’ve said, what makes me more comfortable about it (btw I’m not a Rangers fan but I have deep ties to the area) is that so many expert scouts et al are quite confident that he’ll do very well.
        As far as the money goes, maybe the boost in Asian fan base will help alleviate that a bit? Granted it’s not the same as with the Mariners, who play in a Pacific hub city and are (part?) owned by a Japanese business. But I bet it will help.
        There is a chance that this deal could end up making the Rangers look really stupid (people STILL talk shit on the Sox-DiceK business). And I have this feeling that Nolan Ryan is NOT a fan of looking really stupid. So I’m willing to bet that he has covered a lot of bases in making sure this Yu dude will not be a complete bust. That, to me, holds a little water, too.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      A 5-6 year contract for a guy that has never thrown a pitch in the majors…

      Every single player selected in the MLB draft, and signs a contract, is under team control for six years. They also haven’t thrown a pitch/hit a ball in MLB. So….

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        5-6 years for millions of dollars….not the same comparison. Bad analogy.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Except that’s not what you sad. Make yourself more clear next time.

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Church, I stated it on (2) different comments:

        “I guarantee you that the Rangers are giving Darvish big money over this 5-6 year deal.”

        “giving a 6 year contract to an unknown for big time money is foolish.”

        Next time open your eyes and read my comments fully before telling me what I did or did not state.

      • vanmorrissey - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        …..and they’re not costing the team what, if Yu gets it, like $120 millon total. Awful lot for an unproven MLB level pitcher. Dice K II? Who pitched in Japan in front of MLB scouts and other or so smart. So don’t say there’s no precedent set here.

  3. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Whatever phillies fan, go troll elsewhere!

    • paperlions - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      That’s Zombie ‘cepts…you can’t kill it or reason with it.

  4. whittle79 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Darvish can throw 9 different pitches. 7 of which are above average !! Eat that phillys fan !!

    • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      9 different pitches? Really? Name them.

      • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        I laughed at that too….I’m guessing:
        1 – high and outside
        2 – high and inside
        3 – low and away
        4 – low and inside
        5 – high and center
        6 – low and center
        7 – right down the middle
        8 – in the dirt
        9 – beanball

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Those aren’t pitches: they’re locations. Except the beanball. That’s a crime…unless you’re the Durham Bull: then its comedy gold.

      • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        I know, cur. I was jokin’.

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        me too.

  5. antlerclaws - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I’d better start printing up my “I LOVE YU” T-shirts, or variations thereof, before everyone else does.

    • nategearhart - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Ha! Too late, as a google image search just showed me.

      • antlerclaws - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Dang it! Curse Yu! (That will never get old.)

  6. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Papelbon is used up, BoSox wouldn’t have had him out there if he wasent. YU have fun with him…

    • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      I’d rather pay 50 million to a proven closer than pay 50 million for a pitcher that has never thrown a pitch in the Majors.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Yeah? Which front office do you work for? Couldn’t be the Phillies, cause you’d just sit at RAJ’s lap and praise every move he makes, there’d never be any dialogue or constructive criticism.

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Ruben Amaro never makes mistakes. Never. Best GM in baseball.

      • Ryan Howard's $125,000,000 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Shhh! If you keep quiet, maybe they won’t notice me.

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        Ryan Howard’s 125 million dollar contract makes makes more sense than spending over 100 million (including posting fee) that the Rangers just spent on a pitcher that has never thrown a pitch in the majors.

      • sknut - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Ryan Howard’s $125,000,000 – Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM
        “Shhh! If you keep quiet, maybe they won’t notice me.”

        I am not sure whats better the comment or that someone set up a word press account with that name. You sir get the internets for today and we will throw in tomorrow as well.

  7. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Bobby Valentine has stated he has 7-9 different pitches AND he’s managed against him so there!

    • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Bobby Valentine is a idiot. He couldn’t tell the difference between a changeup and a curveball during many telecasts I saw him analyze.

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Shouldn’t you guys define what you mean by a “pitch”? A fastball has 4 different permutations (cutter, 4 seam, 2 seam & splitter but its still a fastball) (as is a slider though it goes by a different name). If you define each of those as a “pitch” Darvish could easily have 7 pitches (gyro makes 8!). However if we go by discrete pitches then…FB, slider (still a FB: do you count it?), change, curve, knuckle…gyro :) ? What’d I miss?

      • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Fastball, curveball, slider, changeup, knuckleball. They are the only pitches that really exist. All the other made up names are variations of the 5 I just mentioned or just plain BS.

  8. knicks4life - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Don’t sign him he’s garbage

  9. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    All I have to say at the end of the day is, if Darvish was to enter the draft today he would go first overall. Btw I don’t believe the gyro ball is in his repitoire, hes not a junk dealer like most Japanese pitchers. Power pitcher, with great command on a high 90′s fastball and a Chris Carpenter-like curveball for sure. Cannot say what all the other pitches are, just saying what’s been said before.

  10. marzalmighty - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Let’s say Yu gets 15 wins and has an ERA under 3. Is out a bad signing? No. Just as you can’t predict how well he will pitch due to lack of MLB experience, you can’t assume he won’t do well either. Its an unknown. The Rangers are paying for UPSIDE. There is no upside with Papelbon. He is regressing, and therefore, past his peak.

    Lastly…
    “…Valentine is a idiot.” Really? A idiot?

    • phillieschamps2012 - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      “There is no upside with Papelbon. He is regressing, and therefore, past his peak.”

      Yeah, a lifetime 2.33 ERA. That’s really regressing. He sucks. He’ll blow 15 saves next year, right? What a joke.

  11. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Contract terms being reported in Dallas as 6 years 60 million.

  12. calichowd - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    So with the 51m fee to Japan that works to 18.5m per year for six years. He better have a better Gyro ball than DiceK.

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