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The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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Today is the deadline for the Rangers to reach a deal with Yu Darvish. The sides have until 5pm Eastern.  These things tend to go to the wire, and all along it is has been expected that a deal would be done.  This is fun though. T.R. Sullivan of

The word this morning is the Rangers optimism has waned a bit. The two sides negotiated late into the night and there are definitely still some differences that have cooled the Rangers optimism.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this comes out at the same time more Prince Fielder chatter circulates and all while a deadline looms.  If you’re the Rangers you want to try to put a little doubt in Darvish’s mind. To make him think that, hey, maybe a deal won’t get done.

I’d be more pessimistic if I heard a report sourced to Darvish’s camp about the Rangers being jerks or something. That’s the stuff of busted negotiations. Vague “maybe it won’t happen” chatter from the team sounds like posturing to me.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    And Tex Ritter begins to sing “Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling” as the clock gets closer to 5 PM Eastern time.

  2. siouxyaya17 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Unless this clown wants to head back to Japan and play for the Nippon Pig Fighters, sign the papers!

    • kopy - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      They just need to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

  3. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    I’m glad I have to work today, otherwise I would be sitting at the computer all day just hitting the refresh button… Wait a minute, prob going to do that on my phone anyway.

  4. mvpolamalu - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    How awful would that be if they dont sign him. 50,000,000 dollars down the drain, that could be used to make signing prince a lot easier

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      There’s zero money down the drain, as the posting fee is returned if they don’t sign him.

  5. mvpolamalu - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    How awful would that be if they dont sign him. 50,000,000 dollars down the drain, that could be used to make signing prince a lot easier

    • uyf1950 - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Not sure what you are talking about. If they don’t agree on a contract the posting fee is returned to the Rangers. They get every single penny back.

      • lardin - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Actually they dont have to send the check until Darvish signs with the Rangers. But its 6 of one half dozen of the other.

      • paperlions - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        I don’t know what you’re talking about, everyone knows 6 is bigger than a half.

  6. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Yeah, posting fee is refunded if an agreement with the player is not reached. If they don’t get it done they will go after fielder and maybe try to get Oswalt.

  7. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I think Darvish will have alot of pressure to get it done. The Ham Fighters want that 51.7 mil, his agents want their commission, and he wants that big money. It’s a risky move to wait another year, what if he has a bad year, what if he gets hurt… He’s got alot of guaranteed money sitting right in front of him and alot of ppl are counting on their money based on him signing.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      The Ham Fighters want that 51.7 mil

      Just an FYI, the name of the company that owns the team is Nippon Ham. They are the Fighters, not the Ham Fighters.

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        Church: No, no, NO! They are the Ham Fighters! The HAM FIGHTERS! They fight HAM, man! Wrestle pigs, throw pork, sling bacon: fight ham! I want them to be ham fighters. I wrestle beaver, they struggle with pork. Symmetry. It is good.

        Nolan Ryan knows he holds the cards here. He’s got a proven team, which he’s made better in the off season. He’s got his legendary name and huge market in Texas. IMO, Darvish needs Ryan more than Ryan needs Darvish.

      • APBA Guy - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

        Well, the Rangers have been to the Series twice in a row and lost them as we know. And both times, I walked away feeling they needed to upgrade their starting pitching to get them over the hump. Their offense is plenty good enough, and it was their bullpen that failed in Game Six last year, but they could use the pitcher that Darvish is projected to be, especially after losing Cliff Lee and CJ Wilson, neither of whom were strong in those two Series for the Rangers.

        I understand the point of view that says Hamilton and Cruz are both fragile, and at least for the next few years Prince would be more durable, but I think the Rangers betting in the neighborhood of $ 100M on Darvish tells us that they also feel they need a top starter immediately.

        But if that $51M comes back at the end of Wednesday I expect the only question will be how soon does Boras call Nolan.

  8. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    My bad dude. I’m just going off of what I’ve seen reported. On this very site they’ve been called the Ham Fighters. Not exactly a big follower of the Japanese league.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      No worries, they are usually called by the whole name Nippon Ham Fighters. And it’s funny to think of a team as the Ham Fighters, although it’s wrong. No matter how much our beaver wrestling friend from the north thinks.

  9. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Lol at cur68! Maybe they have a mascot that’s a big with boxing gloves or in gladiator gear…

  10. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Oops, meant to say pig.

  11. wlubake - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I heard on Dallas sports radio this morning that Darvish’s contract with the Fighters is up in 2 years. Thus, he could be driving a hard bargain with the Rangers. Look at it from Yu’s perspective:

    He takes 70-90 million over 5-6 years now. The Fighters get 51 million as a posting fee.

    2 years from now, he is 27 and has no posting fee. He could conceivably get 120-140 million and cut the fighters out of the process.

    From the team’s perspective, they are paying X. This year, X = Salary + Posting fee. Two years from now, X = Salary. Yu is smart to push for max money now, because if he can keep up his performance in Japan over the next two years, he will get much more as a free agent. 27 isn’t all that old either.

    • APBA Guy - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      He could also get injured and lose everything, or a lot of it. That’s the dark side of the equation that goes into players taking the “bird in hand” offer.

      • cur68 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Another factor is he might miss out on playing for a team that is the 2012 WS Champs. If I’m Ryan, that’s a big part of the negotiation.

    • paperlions - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Darvish won’t hit free agency until after the 2014 season. He could be posted each year before that…but every year he stays in Japan likely means he’ll be one more year away from free agency in MLB.

      • paperlions - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        “Darvish won’t hit free agency until after the 2014 season, he could post again next season if negotiations fall apart.”

  12. rebeljpl - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Heyman from SI reporting deal is done, 6years.

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