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Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:08 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 5:40 pm

By Matt Snyder

Starting pitcher Yu Darvish has agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers, sources have told insider Jon Heyman. Heyman has also learned the contract is for six years and $60 million. The Rangers paid a reported $51.7 million simply for the right to negotiate with Darvish.

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Darvish, a 25-year-old right-hander, has been the ace of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters for five years. In those five seasons, Darvish is 76-28 with a sparkling 1.72 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. He's struck out 9.5 batters per nine innings and walked just 1.9 per nine. He's also thrown 50 complete games and 15 shutouts. In 2011, Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 276 strikeouts in 232 innings with 10 complete games and six shutouts.

The $51.7 million posting fee will be paid by the Rangers to the Fighters. Had the Rangers been unable to come to terms, they would have kept said fee.

Darvish will join Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz and probably Matt Harrison in the Rangers' rotation while Scott Feldman and Alexi Ogando are likely ticketed for the bullpen -- but still could emerge as starting options if need be -- in front of Mike Adams and Joe Nathan.

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Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:24 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Don Rey,

Because Darvish is 6 years younger than Wilson.  The Rangers have done a ton of scouting on Darvish, and they believe he is the better long term investment over Wilson. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:51 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

 All of you xenophobes should give the guy a chance. You don't think scores of pro scouts have watched this guy and decided he's the real deal? Not only that, Darvish looked like an absolute ace up against top level MLB talent in the WBC. I think he'll be a great pitcher in the MLB, but theres no guarantee. PS theres no guarantee with amateur pitchers either that sign for ridiculous sums of money (Stras/Zimmerman/Price etc) Darvish has pitched against a lot better talent so far than any of those kids have, so let's be honest here, stop making yourself look ignorant.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:28 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

i think their is enough money to sign prince......

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 9:14 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

But The Don - C.J. Wilson proved (so far) that he can't get it done in the play-offs.  But he is certainly move proven then Darvish!

Since: Apr 12, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:31 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

maybe becuse he proved he can crap out in the playoffs?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:53 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

This is almost the same amount of money spent on C.J. Wilson ... only difference is C.J. has proven he can pitch in the major leagues. Why not sign C.J. who you know can pitch in MLB?

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:35 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Oh,, to be a half decent pitcher from the far east, the gravy train is a nice ride.  There's always a chance he'll be Ichiro-like good.  Then again, there's more of a chance he won't.  It's tough to doubt the latest moves by the Rangers, but, the cost seems a bit high considering CJ might continue to progress.  I think I would've kept CJ for another contract and let the Yanks or Bosox take the chance.  He's not in Kansas anymore.

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:51 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

What was Texas supposed to do given the pitching available.  Sign CJ Wilson who was 1 - 5 with a 4.82 era in the post season as your ace?  It is about winning in the post season for Texas and that isn't going to cut it.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 6:10 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Lot of you guys are missing a very important part of this  How much money and interest did Nomo get when he signed with the Dodgers?  How much interest was there in Ichiro when he signed with Seattle or Godzilla with the Yankees?  All of these teams benefited from increased interest and money from another country.  Please in Japan stayed up late or got up stupid early to watch Nomo pitch...I can see the same thing happening here.  Texas has a good lineup so he doesn't have to be a sub 3 ERA guy, he just has to keep the team in the game and let the offense take care of the rest. 

With that say how much more money are they going to get from jersey, hat, bat and ball sales in Japan.  What about revenue from people traveling to Texas to watch the native son play ball?  I went to see Nomo pitch a couple of times and I swear the stands were packed with 50% or more tourist there just to catch him pitch.  Once you move past all that money...what's it worth to be the headline on ESPN, CBS, FOX and every other media outlet when he pitches?  Will you increase your season tickets because you are always on tv or always being discussed by analysts?

Unless he is terrible, which he isn't (I also saw him pitch in the Baseball Classic) he should generate a lot of interest in the Rangers and baseball in general.    &nb

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:59 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Hideki Irabu. Kei Igawai. Dice K 5.00 ERA. What do the all have in common with this guy?  U'll see this spring.
I agree that the 3 Pitcher has not done well in the MLB, but keep in mind that Dice K had 2 good season before his injury problem.
So it hard to say how Darvish would till the middle of the season, you have give him some time to adjust. But going by Hideki Irabu, Kei Igawai and Dice K that I don't have high hopes

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