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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:31 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!

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:18 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.

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