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Less than a month after seeing division rivals the Angels sweep up both C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, the Rangers did the expected and signed Japanese import free agent Yu Darvish. After a record 51.7 million dollar bid to even negotiate, the deal reportedly comes out as 6 years and 60 million dollars..Darvish, strengthens a rotation already including promising starters Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and has the potential to have converted relievers Neftali Feliz or Alexei Ogando. While the deal doesn’t solidify them as a lock to reach the World Series for a 3rd consecutive season, it gives them another good young arm in a rotation filled with promise going forward.
The 6 foot 5 Osaka native has posted brilliant numbers for the Nippon Ham fighters, cumulating to a 1.72 career ERA and has been the apple of many scouts’ eyes since his inaugural showing in the 2007 World Baseball Classic. While concerns over whether or not he can handle the rigors of a five day work schedule are prominent in North America especially after the flameout of RedSox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka , the Rangers and many other clubs still believe Darvish has the potential to be a front line starter on a team with a deep young core. If that happens, the AL West may just catapult into the league’s toughest division.
With big name free agents finally solidifying there spots before the start of spring training, the one name that everyone still has to look out for is Prince Fielder. With reports the Rangers were in negotiations with Fielder prior to the announcement of Darvish, it remains to be seen whether or not they can afford both. Needless to say with the hype and excitement around Darvish, Yu’s North American journey, will be one all baseball fans will be monitoring closely.
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Newly signed Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson once told me that living drug-free was "the easiest part of (his) life".WWE Superstar CM Punk lives every day by that same creed.So, you've gotta wonder what the two talked about when they met up Monday night? My guess...tattoos. Or baseball.The current WWE champ is a rabid Chicago Cubs fan. And as for the tattoos...
First, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made a big bet in the AL West, signing not only free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, but also left-handed starter C.J. Wilson, the Opening Day starter last season for the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers.
Then the Rangers raised the ante, landing Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, amid speculation that they well could wind up...
1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Cabrera is the second most consistent first baseman in baseball.
3. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
Gonzalez led all MLB first basemen with 630 AB in 2011. With that many ABs and the players surrounding him, you can’t help but get giddy about Gonzo.
4. Joey Votto...
After the Angels acquired Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, all wondered what the Rangers would do to counter those moves. The question was answered on Wednesday with Texas' deadline-beating deal with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish.
Whether you were devastated, relieved, or somewhere in between when Albert Pujols rejected a reported $210 million, 10-year contract offer from team president, Bill Dewitt, and GM John Mozeliak, the fact remains that the departure of the St. Louis Cardinals’ long-time first basement gives the front office a lot more payroll flexibility moving forward.
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ESPN is releasing the first half of its Sunday Night Baseball schedule today, and just like last year, the Brewers are being shut out of the national showcase to start the season.The list of games ESPN announced:
4/8 - White Sox at Rangers4/15 - Angels at Yankees4/22 - Yankees at Red Sox4/29 - Rays at Rangers5/6 - Phillies at Nationals5/13 - Angels at Rangers5/20 - Cardinals at...
White House Turns Red
(As in Cardinal Red, folks.)
Talk about a “Super Tuesday” — this week members of the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals met with President and First Lady Obama at the White House. Notably absent were Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, perhaps following Yadier Molina’s example just a couple of days earlier, as he skipped the Winter...
Two familiar faces were missing when the St. Louis Cardinals paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Former manager Tony La Russa and long-time Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols were not in attendance as President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed the reigning World Series champions.
La Russa retired shortly after St. Louis topped the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World...
Per Buster Olney of ESPN, the Rangers signed Japanese import Yu Darvish to a 6-year/$60M deal. Favorite Twitter gag about this so far:
Props to Angels GM Dipoto. Angels sign Wilson for 75 mil, force the Rangers to spend 120 mil to back fill his spot in the rotation #genius
I'm not so sure about that; word so far is that Darvish may be the best Japanese pitcher to hit the US...