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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 CBSSports.com, 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: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:07 pm
 

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

All I keep reading is "unproven" and "a waste of money"and things of that nature...I'd just like to go on record and say this guy will be a beast...top 5 in the cy young for years to come and the best investment the Rangers evere made! 5 consecutive years with a sub 2.00 ERA,270 strikeouts,25 years old and entering the prime of his career!A national Icon and a Rock star in Japan who has earned that title with undeniable class and character and pitching stats that are unbelievable!Put Verlander or Lincecum in Japan for 5 years and I gaurantee they are hardpressed to match Darvishes numbers!I get it that he hasn't done it on the grand stage yet,but thats not his fault.What you are about to see is going to blow you away and the Texas Rangers are going to be the best team in baseball  for the remainder of this decade...Diehard Yankee Fan!!!  




Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:19 pm
 

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

let em stay in japan and eat wasabi pee's the rest of his life


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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:04 pm
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Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:48 pm
 

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

I would rather see Prince in the lineup rather then somebody who is unproven in the bigs. Not a big fan of gambling on unknowns when you know what you are getting w Prince. Plus why not roll w the guys we got? The rangers can go out and get somebody at the deadline if they need to. If he was a proven top of the rotation guy I would be all for it, but he's not. And he's a 110 million $ investment.
i agree fully!



Since: May 7, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:46 pm
 

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

i agree fully!



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:36 pm
 

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

Darvish probably realizes, through his interpreter, that he has to get the big money now because he will not have the longevity to maintain a career worth speaking about in Major League Baseball greater than 5 years (or less, depending on who you ask).  Like so many others before him from across the ocean, they're great in Japan, or wherever it is they're from, but stick them on a mound at an MLB stadium and they begin to fizzle for whatever reason after a short length of time.  I don't know if it's size or background or workout regimes, but $52 million is money that certainly can be spent on other things, such as proven talent and longevity that someone like Prince Fielder can provide.  that kind of money on (essentially) a prospect is ridiculous, don't you think?



Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:21 pm
 

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

I would rather see Prince in the lineup rather then somebody who is unproven in the bigs. Not a big fan of gambling on unknowns when you know what you are getting w Prince. Plus why not roll w the guys we got? The rangers can go out and get somebody at the deadline if they need to. If he was a proven top of the rotation guy I would be all for it, but he's not. And he's a 110 million $ investment.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:03 pm
 

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

What? No freedom of movement in Japan!  52 mil to his former club then negotiate with his agent on a deal.  Who's this guy think he is Nolan Ryan?  Texas sweat him in the bush Japanese League and then let him try some AAA Ball before you go shelling out that kind of money.  You would think C.J.Wilson was like Texas losing Sany Koufax with the dollars being thrown around here.  Major difference in the talent in MLB from Japan.  Texas do yourself a favor and pick up a cheaper homegrown alternative.


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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:34 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:02 pm
 

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

I get how everyone is jumping on Darvish's Japan's numbers but Daisuke Matsuzaka's numbers were good in Japan too and his first two years in the majors he was very good but then he started to suck and teams figured him out.  Darvish still should be a decent major league pitcher but not worth all the money he wants imo.  Yes I get Wilson got paid but he has proven it (minus post season) that he is worth the money.


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