Found January 20, 2012 on
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The Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish went right up to the Wednesday deadline to finalize a deal, but they got it done. Darvish signed a 6 year, $60 million dollar deal to join the Rangers.
The 25-year old pitcher has been pegged as the best pitcher in Japanese baseball, and he has the stats to prove this claim.
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In the NPS (Japan’s version of the MLB) he went 18-6, with an ERA of 1.44 this past season. He also recorded 276 strikeouts in 232 innings of work, which were both league highs.
I can see why MLB teams would want to have a pitcher like Darvish on their team, but the price seems excessive. For a team to even negotiate a deal for Darvish, they had to bid against other MLB teams. The Rangers won the bidding process and now have to pay $51.7 million to Darvish’s former team. (Had they not come to an agreement before the deadline, the fee would have been waived.)
Darvish has the physical tools, as he stands at 6 feet 5 inches tall, but this is a large sum of...
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ARLINGTON, Texas The biggest name the Texas Rangers had until Friday night showed up for the Yu Darvish press conference.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton came away very impressed with what he saw out of his newest teammate, who has an international following.
"I know he's going to enjoy playing here in Texas," said Hamilton, who was the lone Ranger at the event. "I...
So the Texas Rangers have decided that the next six years of Yu Darvish's pitching career are worth something like $111.7 million, a remarkable number for a player with no major league experience. The Rangers submitted a record $51.7 posting bid, then inked Darvish to a six-year deal worth $60 million ($56 million guaranteed). You'll find a year-by-year contract breakdown...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Yu Darvish leaned over and looked at his name and the No. 11 on the back of his Texas Rangers jersey. Then he looked up and smiled.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Yu Darvish has been formally introduced by the Texas Rangers.
In a Friday night news conference...
Rangers give Japanese phenom Yu Darvish a Texas-sized welcome.
With the signing of Yu Darvish just before the Wednesday deadline, it's clear now more than ever that the Texas Rangers mean business. They've been highly talented the last two seasons, but if this type of high profile signing is any indication we should begin to look at the Rangers just a little bit differently headed into 2012.
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The Texas Rangers took Yu Darvish to the deadline, which is apparently the protocol, and inked him to a six year deal worth $60 million. The Japanese phenom (stop me if you’ve heard that before) has been dominant overseas and Nolan Ryan believes the 26 year old can be a potential ace of his staff. [...]
The signing of Yu Darvish is the Rangers' biggest triumph in a six-year quest to establish a major presence in the Far East. The process really began just after Daniels was named Texas' general manager a few days after the end of the 2005 season, and then the following spring during the the inaugural World Baseball Classic that was won by Japan.
Yu Darvish, who agreed to a six-year, $60 million contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, was introduced at a news conference on Friday night at the Ballpark in Arlington. Instead of holding the event in the media interview room, the Rangers set up in their Hall of Fame room to accommodate an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media.
Before the Texas Rangers committed more than $107 million to get Japan's best pitcher, they spent more than two years watching and getting to know Yu Darvish.
ARLINGTON, Texas - The first Texas Rangers dignitary Yu Darvish posed with for pictures Friday night after...