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  1. Scenes from Spring Training: Yu Darvish Mania

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Auxilliary Press Box

    I’m not gonna say that there’s a lot of interest in Yu Darvish‘s first start, but the Padres’ PR staff has roped off 100 seats in a section along the third base line as an auxiliary media section.  Yeah, this is not your usual Wednesday morning in the Cactus League. I got here super early and made…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:51 AM EDT

    TT Roadhoue

    After I left the ballpark yesterday afternoon I came back to my hotel and placed my health first among all other things. First, I moved into my new non-smoking room, which was good for my lungs. Then I went to the fitness center and ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes which was good for…

  3. Off to Spring Training

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    I’m hopping on an airplane here shortly and heading for Arizona. That’s right, kids, a week in the Valley of the Sun, taking in Cactus League action.  I assure you, though, I won’t be enjoying myself at all. It’ll be all work. Really. Truly! OK, maybe I’ll enjoy it a little. But I will be…

  4. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Weekend

    Haven’t done one of these in a while, but a lot of stuff happened over the weekend for once. And I know a lot of you knuckleheads are too lazy to scroll back, so here’s what you missed: MLB released a statement on the Ryan Braun testing and stuff.  Oh, and the identity of the…

  6. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    mini darvish

    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  7. Yu Darvish plays catch with his left hand? OK.

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    See anything wrong with this picture? Like, say, the righty Yu Darvish playing catch with the glove on his right hand? According to Evan Grant, Darvish does that sometimes to keep balance. Or something. Looks cool. But remember, Meat: If you win 20 in the show, you can throw with your left hand and the press’ll think…

  8. Derek Holland is playing the “nobody believes in us” card

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland pitches for the two-time defending American League champions. A team which won its division by ten games last season and which signed the most sought-after pitcher on the market in Yu Darvish. When 2012 season previews start appearing soon, you’ll see many people pick the Rangers to win the AL West.  Most gambling…

  9. The Yankees may get in on the Jorge Soler action

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Yankees_logo-thumb-125x139-1687

    This morning we learned that the Cubs were going to sign Jorge Soler.  Apparently the fat lady hasn’t sung on that one yet: Sources: Yankees have serious interest on OFer Jorge Soler, among many teams. Cubs are not close to signing Soler, as has been reported. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 14, 2012   After…

  10. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  11. Ranking the rotations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    Last year’s attempt was quite a hit, so let’s try it again, with a somewhat different methodology. Here’s how the 30 rotations stack up, according to my projections. I’ll go strictly by ERA here, taking the top five pitchers on the staff. Along with the ERA totals are the combined inning projections for the five…

  12. Brad Penny is drawing interest from the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: My guess was way off. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Penny is “weighing an opportunity” with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. 7:15 PM: Brad Penny was pretty awful with the Tigers last season. In addition to his 5.33 ERA over 31 starts, his strikeout rate of 3.67 K/9 was the lowest in…

  13. Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman. Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even…

  14. Darvish wants to become “the best pitcher in the world”

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Reason I was out the past few days: trip to Texas. Reason for the trip to Texas: none of your beeswax, frankly, but know this: the entire time I was there I barely heard a single word about the Rangers. Maybe that’s because I was doing way too much of this. Hard to say. All…

  15. Yu Darvish’s father is not a fan of the posting system

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    After securing exclusive negotiating rights for Yu Darvish with a record $51,703,411 posting fee last month, the Rangers signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a six-year contract this week which guarantees him $56 million. While everyone appears to be pleased with the outcome, Yu’s father, Farsad Darvish, told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com following the press conference last…

  16. Rangers’ co-owner would rather keep Josh Hamilton than sign Prince Fielder

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Now that Yu Darvish is officially in the fold as a member of the Texas Rangers, much of the attention will shift to whether the club should also sign Prince Fielder. The Rangers will soon have plenty of money coming in thanks to their new television contract, but the reality is that they might not…

  17. Picture of the Day: Yu Darvish, Texas Ranger

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a member of the Texas Rangers during a press conference earlier this evening in the “Hall of Fame room” at the Ballpark in Arlington. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media were on hand for the occasion. Below is a picture of…

  18. Norichika Aoki took a big pay cut to leave Japan for Brewers

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aoki

    For most Japanese players coming to America the amount a team bids to secure their exclusive negotiating rights through the posting process ends up being similar to the amount they sign for during the 30-day window. For instance, the Rangers bid $51.7 million for Yu Darvish and then signed him to a six-year, $60 million…

  19. Details of Yu Darvish’s contract with the Rangers

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty

    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the year-by-year breakdown of Yu Darvish‘s contract with the Rangers: 2012: $5.5 million 2013: $9.5 million 2014: $10 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $10 million 2017: $11 million The deal was initially reported as a six-year, $60 million contract, but it turns out that $56 million is…

  20. Rangers GM says signing Prince Fielder is “very unlikely”

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    fielder getty brewers

    Rangers GM Jon Daniels addressed the speculation that his team might be a serious suitor for free agent slugger Prince Fielder after Wednesday’s press conference announcing the Yu Darvish contract. From MLB.com beat writer T.R. Sullivan: Jon Daniels, off camera, on the Rangers chances of pursuing Fielder: “I’m intimately aware of our budget and it’s very…

  21. We’re expecting a lot from Yu

    Jan 18, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    yu darvish in nippon uniform

    Yeah, I went with the cute headline. Sue me. In signing Yu Darvish to a six-year, $60 million contract, the Rangers committed $111.7 million to the 25-year-old hurler. Whether he’ll stay healthy and justify the expense is anyone’s guess, but given his track record, it was a price worth paying. My guess is that Darvish…

  22. Rangers sign Yu Darvish to six-year, $60 million deal, bringing total investment to $112 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    With the 30-day negotiating window set to expire this afternoon Yu Darvish and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract that will bring the Japanese phenom to Texas, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that the deal is worth $60 million with an additional $10 million in potential incentives. Last month the Rangers…

  23. Report: Rangers and Yu Darvish agree to deal

    Jan 18, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    darvish getty wide

    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. ========== 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…

  24. The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    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 MLB.com: The word this morning is…

  25. Rangers “expect to sign” Yu Darvish, but also adding Prince Fielder is unlikely

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    darvish wide getty

    There have been some reports about roadblocks in the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Yu Darvish, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com they “expect to sign” the Japanese right-hander before tomorrow’s late-afternoon deadline. There’s also been some speculation that the Rangers could sign Darvish to a huge long-term deal and then add Prince…

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