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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: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

The Rangers had to sign him.No other choice, Darvish will probably be the ace of this weak staff.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

This is the biggest problem with international players especially those from Japan.   The biggest risk and biggest fact the Rangers have to deal with is the issue of how much arm does he have left his stats look great until you get to looking at how often he's pitched his inning count is insane and that means wear and tear on his arm.  Until Yu proves me wrong he's going to be what all the other great japanese second coming pitchers are over hyped and used by the time they get to the states and never live up to their expectations...that arm has way to much mileage on it for yu to be any good over the long haul as it stands now. 



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

I guess its pretty unlikely that they'll sign Prince Fielder now too, right?

 



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Is it just me or does it sound insane to post $51 million plus a 6 year contact on a pitcher who never pitched in the Majors? That's great he has had success in japan and not taking anything way from his ability, but Japanese players are traditionally much smaller and weaker then Major League ball players. 
I agree that it is insane to pay that much for a chance to sign a player who has never played a single inning in the MLB.

The part I think you missed regarding Darvish is -- He isn't a typical Japanese player, he is 6'5" 220 lbs, so he is definitely not much smaller and weaker than MLB players. 



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

I think the Rangers picked up a lot of fans in North Carolina with the addition of Josh Hamilton.  He is from Raleigh, played high school ball two miles from NC State and had signed with NC State out of high school but of course signed with the Rays after going #1.  A lot of people I'm sure were like me in hoping and praying that he would turn his life around and get his chance to redeem himself when he would battling through all those struggles.  So we may not live in Texas and we may be relatively new Texas fans but speaking for myself I have fallen in love with this team regardless of whether Josh is on the field or not.  I purchase MLB Extra Innings every year just so I can stay up late watching my Rangers.  Now bring on Darvish, bring on Prince, and find a way to keep Josh after this year!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Does this mean that Fielder to the Rangers is not going to happen?  I hope not.  Prince Fielder in the middle of that line-up would make it one of the best in baseball history.
There still a chance that the Rangers still sign fielder, I won't say it's a big chance that it will happen.  It be funny that both Pujols and Fielder would end up in the same division



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Hey PackRangers...  I love how you live in North Carolina, yet you cherry pick every single team you are a fna of... Green Bay?  really?  Rangers?  Really? get out of here man...  you are funny!

"pot meet kettle" -- I notice you have a St. Louis team on your favorites and since when is residency a requirement to being a fan of a particular team?  Fact is, I live in Missouri but have been a Dodger, Laker and Cowboy fan since I was something like 7 or 8 years old (which makes that 34 or 35 years now)--so what?  You like who you like regardless of where you live and I have no problem with that as long as you stick with them and not just root for whoever is currently "hot".



Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Is it just me or does it sound insane to post $51 million plus a 6 year contact on a pitcher who never pitched in the Majors? That's great he has had success in japan and not taking anything way from his ability, but Japanese players are traditionally much smaller and weaker then Major League ball players.

The majority of Japanese pitchers who were unproven coming to the MLB were basically all busts. I think it's a huge risk for anyone to take a chance with someone unless they have proven ability. There should beno posting fee and if there is then leave them in Japan. And if they do post then the player needs to prove he is worthy of a contract, he should recieve league minimum for the first season witht he clubs decision to extend the player on a multi year deal or have himt est the market. This is obsurd the amount of money is wasted on unproven talent.

In closing, I hope he does better then Irabu, Dice K, and the many other flops.



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

Yeah, because they've done so well with late season trades in the last couple years...



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Darvish will sign, likely six year deal

good then in two or three years he will be traded to the yankees. if he is any good on this side of the pond.


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