Found January 23, 2012 on FOX Sports Southwest:
PLAYERS: Yu Darvish
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
Mike Maddux has no doubt Yu Darvish will show up in Surprise next month in good shape.

Yu Darvish Stirs Controversy by Wearing T-Shirt That Appears to Show Marijuana Leaf (Photo)

Recently acquired pitcher Yu Darvish decided to make the most of his first appearance in Texas, showing off a marijuana leaf T-shirt for the world to see. But before anybody jumps on the "Darvish is a Pot Head" bandwagon, a Japanese news site reports that the explanation is that the shirt shows a Japanese maple leaf. After signing Darvish, the Rangers were surely hoping...

Darvish Motivated to Become World's Best Pitcher

Yu Darvish says a desire to become the world's best pitcher was behind his decision to leave Japan and sign with the Texas Rangers. Darvish spoke at a news conference Tuesday, saying "I want to become the kind of pitcher that will make people say 'Darvish is the No. 1 pitcher in the world."' The 25-year-old right-hander agreed last week to a six-year contract...

Yu Darvish and Brad Hawpe Analysis

This week I will provide my analysis on both of the Rangers’ moves this week, the signing of Yu Darvish, and the signing of Brad Hawpe. I also provided a look-ahead for the rest of the offseason. This post will be a fairly short one as I was gone all of Saturday at a church retreat.YU DARVISH: I really like this signing, as I think Yu is a future ace, and the Rangers are getting...

thescore: One heck of a going away party. Close to 11,000 fans...

thescore: One heck of a going away party. Close to 11,000 fans attended Yu Darvish’s farewell press conference at the Sapporo Dome in Japan on Tuesday.

Back in Japan, Yu discusses lofty U.S. goal

Yu Darvish's goal is to be the best pitcher in the world. According to news reports out of Japan, he told the Japanese media that's why he asked the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to be posted in December so he could pitch in the Major Leagues.

Week In Review: 1/15/12 - 1/21/12

Let's take a look back at a busy week here at MLBTR.. The Rangers agreed to sign Yu Darvish to a six-year deal in the $60MM range.  Bonuses in the deal could tack another $10MM on to the contract.  Darvish can opt out of the contract after the fifth year but must hit high-end award levels in order to earn that option.  The right-hander will earn $5.5MM in 2012, $9...

The Arms Race

Henry Kissinger once said “The superpowers often behave like two heavily armed blind men feeling their way around a room, each believing himself in mortal peril from the other, whom he assumes to have perfect vision.”Over the past two years, a new cold war has developed in the A.L. West. The Angels and the Rangers have emerged as the superpowers of the division. With all due...

Maddux Thankful For Starting Depth

With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Surprise, Ariz., for Rangers spring training on Feb. 22, and the signing of Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers have some things to sort out in Arizona. But make no mistake, the Rangers' problem is a good one to have. You see, the Rangers have seven guys they feel can be quality major league starters on...

Latest At RotoAuthority

My fantasy baseball website RotoAuthority is back in action with a team of excellent writers.  The latest: Catcher rankings by Mike Axisa. Overrated starting pitchers from Tom Warman. A look at the Yankees' fifth starter situation from Mark Polishuk. The potential fantasy impact of Yu Darvish, from Alex Steers McCrum. The Mets' Jonathon Niese is underrated and...
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