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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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:58 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

UGAsport: I assume your comment is directed at me. Baseball America had Dice K as the #1 pro prospect before he signed. He also drew broader interest than Darvish when it came to bidding time. I realize that Darvish is taller, but that doesn't necessarily equate to success. Several studies show that height is not a determinant of pitcher success. He is only 11 months younger than Dice K when the two will start pitching in the bigs. Both started in the Japanese leagues at 18.



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Refering to the A's fan.



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Do they give drug tests where you work?



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:38 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

how many Japanese pitchers have been stars in the big leagues? Can you name any?

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Hideo Nomo is one that sticks out in my mind.   He also had decent size at 6'2".  Came into the league at age 26.   He went 12 seasons and compiled a career record and ERA of 123-109 and 4.24.  He even threw a no-hitter for the Red Sox!

So even the best of em only averaged 10.3 wins per season .... not exactly worth $18.5 million. 


At this point, this is the best guy I can think of to form a comparison on.   But Nomo did have the luxury of starting out in LA his first 3 1/2 years  ... all in all he was very durable until the end of his career as well.


Darvish me prove to be even better .. but going by past examples of others, like I said before, this is a HUGE gamble.



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

I saw this guy pitch during the World Baseball Classic at Dodger stadium. He is legit. As an Angels fan I hope he is a bust like Dice-K.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:28 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.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Anyone else feel like we are going to see the Rangers in the playoffs for the 3rd straight year?  They are very solid as is and this will completely solidify their rotation as long as he remains healthy.  Nice pick up. 




Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

This is a very risky signing ...  Can he end up being very good? .. maybe.   He may also get shelled and worn out as Texas is not a pitcher friendly park.   At around $18.5+ mill for 6 years (including posting fee)  ... either Texas will get their money's worth with money they could have locked on an already proven MLB starter OR they are left muttering to themselves for 6 years.

Dice-K worked out for two years .. but after that Ugh.   Darvish certainly has more upside with his younger age and size more suited for MLB .... but the risk is huge here regardless.  All big signings are a gamble though ...   I'm sure the offense will be more than able to support him, even if he struggles some ... but in the end, but with no MLB barometer to go on, this is more of a gamble then most.   Good Luck.  







Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

Why would you pay 50 million to talk to a guy who hasn't done anything. Yu Darvish may become a very good pitcher, but tell me, how many Japanese pitchers have been stars in the big leagues? Can you name any? Can the Rangers name any? It doesn't matter to the Rangers because they are successful and have money to urn, and everyone in Texas wants to see the Rangers. As for the Rangers rotation of Colby Lewis Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz and whoever, well, if Feliz can become a good or great starter, we might have something...we ain't seen nothin' from Darvish. Stats in the Japan league o not mean a thing here in the Majors.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Darvish, Rangers agree to six-year contract

but the scouting department within the Rangers organization is the best in baseball!

Says the Texas Rangers "homer"! I would say "was" as in past tense with this signing. You will see why in about 2 years or so when Darvish starts complaining about the pitching training methods AND the need for Tommy J surgery!


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