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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: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:59 pm

Darvish, Rangers agree to terms on contract

We can all say triple crown but you can't spell it!  Triple has 1 P dude!  Oh and surprised does not have a Z in it dude!

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:32 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

As a Ranger fan, I have no love lost for either Oakland, Seattle, or the Angels, but I give the Mariners, with 3 or 4 great pitching prospects about to emerge at the MLB level, the best chance to overtake the Rangers within 3-4 years. Their pitching prospects are so good they traded Pineda, who may be another King Felix soon. If they can sign Fielder, although I seriously doubt he wants to go there, they would add a run per game to their offense and could really be a factor in the AL West in a few years.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:12 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Seems like the rich get richer in the AL West. I bet Prince Fielder ends up signing with Texas as well. The stark contrast between the have's and have not's in the AL West is disheartening. Both Seattle and Oakland will be lucky to win 60 games this season.

Let the Felix Hernandez sweepstakes begin!

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:12 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Haha I'll chime in on this one two. The A's are you kidding me. You lost your 2 best players in Cahill and Gio. You bring in Seth Smith "who" "what" lol enough said. I'm an Astros fan unfortunitly and our move in 2013 I am dreading cause I don't see us contending with the Rangers or the Angels but I see us whoopin the snot outta the A's every time we play them and Beating the M's as well.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:04 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Spend all you want Rangers and Angels and be fools....A's will win the division and yes, surprise season for A's. 
I am all for rooting for your team, but what the hell are you smoking?  Based on what?  Who is their ace pitcher?  Who is the bat that will carry them?  Seriously, how the heck do you match the Rangers offense?  And if Darvish is even half as billed, he would be your ace.  Bartolo Colon?  He is your number 2 guy?  Brett Anderson?  Did the Seth Smith trade put you over the top?  His 59 RBIs will really send you over the top.  I know, Coco Crisp, recently of the 264 BA and 8 HRs is a scary guy.

A's, on paper, have nothing.  And to expect different results from a group of average players, all in the same season, is unrealistic.  It has happened before (I remember my Phillies in 1993 with Len Dykstra, John Kruk and a bunch of average journeymen putting together a great run, but that is very rare, and even those guys had better pedigrees), but I wouldn't count on it.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:51 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Wild Card hopefuls at best with Darvish?

Please man, give me some of what you're smoking!  Must be that Northern California Sensimilla!

Rangers are the clear favorite in the division - then you add Darvish and soon to be Prince - LOOK OUT!

Anyone can pitch around Pujols - because the protection around him is god awful.  You won't be able to pitch around anyone in the Rangers lineup. 


It's always Naptober in Arlington!

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:50 pm


You are wishful thinking. That team has done miriacles before with nothing, but Pujols is going to do to American League pitching what Adrian Gonzales did last year, but dont be surprized if some Ted Williams like numbers are put up by him. Can we say tripple crown? .400 BA? The As need to move to San Jose where the $ is for them to change their ways.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:46 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

when you say A's will win are you referring to A  labama? they might have a better chance!

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:44 pm

It's a good signing

This guy can only make a rotation better. It's obvious he has command of his pitching with just numbers like he has. Texas has the greatest need with the Angels in their division. The power shift from free agency makes them wildcard hopefuls at best even with Darvish.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:43 pm

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

That is a completely false statement - no reputable baseball scout or writer would consider Dice-K a better potential prospect.  Darvish is the youngest to post, best numbers, least amount of innings on his arm, and most projectable frame.  I agree this is alot of money to spend, but the scouting department within the Rangers organization is the best in baseball.  They are unlikely to overspend on a novelty. 

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