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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 right here, if you happen to care about such things.
Darvish's price tag isn't much of a concern in the fantasy community, except as an indication of the team's expectations. When a club invests nine figures in a pitcher, they generally expect an ace. Darvish has been almost impossibly good over the past five seasons in Japan — in fact, each year has been better than Daisuke Matsuzaka's best, better than Hiroki Kuroda, better than Colby Lewis.
Just check the stats, 2007-'11:
2007, age 20 — 15-5, 1.82 ERA, 0.828 WHIP, 207.2 IP, 210 Ks, 49 BB, 9 HR
2008, age 21 — 16-4, 1.88 ERA, 0.897 WHI...
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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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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. [...]
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...
As a wee elementary school lad when Nolan Ryan was brought to the Rangers back in the day, it's hard to remember the spectacle.
It's also hard to imagine it being bigger than Friday's at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Yu Darvish was introduced at a Rangers press conference that was loaded with media folks from across the globe.
Earlier in the week, the Cowboys held an...
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.
Texas Rangers co-chairman of the board Bob Simpson was open and honest about rumors that the team is looking at free-agent first baseman Prince Field, stating that the Rangers would rather re-sign outfielder Josh Hamilton."He's been considered, but given our set of cards, too pricey," Simpson said of Fielder during the team’s official introduction of new pitcher Yu...
ARLINGTON, Texas - The first Texas Rangers dignitary Yu Darvish posed with for pictures Friday night after...