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Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:19 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:44 pm
The Texas Rangers are offering about "Dice K money'' to star Japanese righthander Yu Darvish, sources told, and there's no evidence a deal is at hand.

The expression "Dice K money'' would mean the offer is someone in the range of $52 million, although it isn't known whether the Rangers' proposal is for exactly that amount or exactly six years, as Daisuke Matsuzaka received from the Red Sox (it may be for five). In any case, it seems clear Texas wants to use Matsuzaka's $52-million deal as a barometer for a deal, while Darvish's side apparently hopes to successfully argue that he's the better pitcher and thus deserves a higher contract. Ultimately, the Rangers may go a bit higher than Matsuzaka's contract, but the plan seems to be to keep it within shouting distance, particularly with $51.7 million committed to the posting fee, money that goes to the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

Everyone has assumed there'd be a deal by the Jan. 18 deadline, and there would still seem to be too many reasons for the sides to come together. But at the moment, the evidece suggests they are not on the precipice of a deal for the pitcher who went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and led the Pacific League with 276 strikeouts while pitching for the Fighters.

The Rangers are concentrating completely on Darvish at the moment, and if a deal is struck, their chances to make a real run at star free agent slugger Prince Fielder would be diminished. However, in the event no agreement can be reached, the chances they'd pursue Fielder would probably significantly increase. They have checked in on free agent reliever Ryan Madson and there was a report they did the same with free agent starter Hiroki Kuroda, as well, although there's no evidence those contacts are related to any concern about the Darvish talks.

The Rangers' winning bid to negotiate with Darvish was precisely $51,703,411, with the 34 and 11 tributes to the uniform numbers of Rangers president Nolan Ryan and Darvish himself. The Red Sox won the right to Matsuzaka with a bid of $51,111,111. So there is a parallel in those numbers, anyway.

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Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:33 pm

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

Did he say "JAP"

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:09 pm

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

Rangers won't sign him , they didn't want to pay cliff lee that kind of money .. Why would they sign a unproven Jap player ... Dice k and Irabu should be a warning , if he was that good i doubt the yanks would have bidded so low nd boston did not ven bid !!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:38 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

...and lets not forget, for that kind of money, what "success" Dice-K has had here in MLB [chortle, chortle, gfaw]. The Rangers should REALLY learn from that and walk away.

Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:23 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

This is a huge gamble for Texas.

And to everyone throwing his size around like it somehow makes it worth the gamble needs to get a clue.  Andrew Backman is 6'10," 230 lbs, and he was just released by the Yanks.  Yes, he may not have the numbers that Darvish has had in Japan, but ... Backman hasn't pitched in Japan either.

Btw, Pedro Martinez is 5'10," 170 lbs.

So much for size, huh?

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:31 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

at 25 and already thrown all those innings...

this guy is a tommy john waiting to happen...

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 8:17 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

forget this egomaniac, all he ever does is watch the radar gun.  MLB runners and batters will eat him up in the first year.

Not worth it ever

Fielder is about 10x more valuable.  Get the cash back from the Foo Fighters and spend it on a Prince.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:56 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

verlander and lincecum in japan dont match darvish's numbers? Are you for real? Get a grip they are dominating in the MLB. the best collection of talent in the world. OMG what an insane statement. I cant believe that you are comparing darvish to those 2 studs. C'mon. get a grip. those 2 dominate in japan. no doubt about it. Darvish will struggle to come close to his numbers in japan. let alone verlanders and lincecums numbers in the MLB. ouch might be the worst statement on the guy..

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:35 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

As I have said many times players should have to proove themselves before getting big money. I think they should be paid year to year as to what they do the previous year. That way you don't get stuck with a guy that signs a huge contract then stinks cause he doesn't have the incentive anymore.
COULD NOT agree more.
Seriously, 6 months of off season, they couldn't get this done every year?
The GM sits down with the agents and hammers it out.
25 contracts every fall. Once you get into a rhythm, it wouldn't take much negotiating. You already know what each ball player's relative worth is and based on his season, that value inflates or deflates.
Would never happen though because it's too much of a risk in every player testing the FA market every year. Teams want to lock players up as much as players want to have those nice long contracts.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:30 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

You call Ichiro and Hadecki Matsui 170 lb AA hitters?? 
You named 2 Japanese players out of hundreds if not thousands.
Those guys came to America because they were too good for double-A Japan ball.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:12 am

Rangers' Darvish bid is about $52M; work to do

Wow....get real dont know anything like that. What a stupid thing to say about a guy that pitched in Japan. He may adapt to life in Texas....he may not. He may do well against serious hitting everytime out....he may not. He may blow his arm out....he may not. You dont know any of it !! Yankee fan you are not !! You are a goofy Rannger fan.....what a joke you are

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