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Of course the Rangers aren’t thinking about extending Yu Darvish

Jan 27, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Richard Durrett of the ESPN Dallas asked the Rangers about Yu Darvish‘s contract, Jon Daniels said this:

“At some point, we’ll sit down and talk with him just like we would on everybody,” Daniels said this weekend at the team’s Fan Fest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. “He still has four years on his deal. I don’t see a rush necessarily, but we’ll address it at the right time.

Durrett notes that Darvish’s contract is interesting at the moment in light of what Masahiro Tanaka got from the Yankees. But I’m struggling to think why that is at all relevant to the Rangers. They got a great deal on Darvish — at least as far as his salary goes — because of the posting system in place when they signed him. Tanaka got a better salary because of a new system. They have no bearing on each other.

And, in no other circumstance could I imagine an extension for a guy with four years on his deal would even be a question worth asking. Or am I missing something here?

  1. tmhofficial - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Yeah, this shouldn’t even be a discussion. 4 years left? You shouldn’t even consider discussing an extension until a guy is less than 2 years from FA.

    Too much can happen, especially to a Pitcher.

    • badsequel - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      So yeah let’s ease off with the crazy extension talks with young stars.

      Sincerely,
      Arte Moreno

      • tjwilliams - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Mike Trout is 22 with four years left before free agency. Yu Darvish is 27 with four years left before free agency. Darvish makes no sense to extend since you’ll be paying for him at age 31+. Trout at least makes a little sense because he’s set for big raises in 2015, 16, and 17 through arbitration and if you extend him beyond that you’re buying out his prime years at ages 27, 28, and 29. There’s at least an argument there to extend if you can.

      • tjwilliams - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        And I misread your comment. Never mind.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I agree, too soon. But it is fun to speculate about what that would be like. Add four years of use and it might all be academic. If it was a this year kind of thing though I think the headline would be “Rangers having Nightmares over cost of Darvish extension”.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    If Texas extends Darvish now, and Tanaka turns out to be worse than Hideki Irabu, can Texas then devalue Darvish’ contract?

  4. dodger88 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    “And, in no other circumstance could I imagine an extension for a guy with four years on his deal would even be a question worth asking.”

    Well, if he was with the Phillies…………………….

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      He’s not 37.

      • rocketsteadman - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Well played sir!

    • dodger88 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Touché

  5. branded00 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    “And, in no other circumstance could I imagine an extension for a guy with four years on his deal would even be a question worth asking. Or am I missing something here?”

    Umm, you’re the one pushing the story, dude.

    • joelhawkins - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      i think you may have misread the tone of the title. while mr. calcaterra typically fills the world with boisterous sarcasm, that was simply a matter of fact statement as a title, not sarcasm.

      • branded00 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        I took it to mean it was a slow baseball news day…

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      You realize of course the inspiration for this post is a reporter actually asking the GM of the Rangers if they were planning to extend Darvish.

  6. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Way to state the obvious, Craig. As if anyone thought a team would extend their star pitcher like he is Stretch Armstrong and likely injure him. Unless the Rangers are now run by the six-fingered bad guy in The Princess Bride and have a body-stretching torture device, it simply isn’t realistic to expect they would actually consider extending Darvish. The egregious act you performed by posting such an obvious statement simply cannot go left uncriticized if journalistic integrity of the American sports media is to be preserved.

    • scyankee64 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Inconceivable!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      it simply isn’t realistic to expect they would actually consider extending Darvish

      Some players who’ve been extended with four or more years of service time remaining:

      Evan Longoria
      Troy Tulowitski
      Matt Moore
      Ryan Braun
      CC Sabathia

      That was about 5 minutes of research, so it’s not that far fetched.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Did any of their bodies break in two due to the extending? How are teams getting away with this without being investigated for assault?

      • jfk69 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Sabbathia had an opt out and Moore has only pitched two complete years.
        11 and 11 and then went 17 and 4. He took the 5 year team option for 14 mil a year. The rest are position players.
        The Yankees might well regret that Sabbathia opt out and signing as they now regret the Arod deal. It looks at this point like they paid for past performance. We will see this year.
        Extending a pitcher with 4 years remaining under contract. Not happening. Unless your the Yankees and signed Tanaka with a 7 year deal with a 4 year player opt out.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Sabbathia had an opt out and Moore has only pitched two complete years.
        11 and 11 and then went 17 and 4. He took the 5 year team option for 14 mil a year. The rest are position players.

        Umm ok, but that doesn’t refute my point that both players were offered extensions with at least four years remaining on their contracts/service time.

  7. jayquintana - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    This is akin to saying, Dodgers not thinking about extending Greinke. Even if you looked into a crystal ball and it told you Darvish would be healthy for the next 15 years, you don’t sign a guy with 4 years left on his contract to an extension.

  8. rectorious - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Why is this a story?

    • anxovies - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Because there are still 18 days left until pitchers and catchers report.

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