Found January 18, 2012 on Big League Stew:
It doesn't matter whether it's the amateur draft or the posting system. Give a team and a player's representation any amount of time and they're likely to use every single second to get a deal done. Whether it's a day, a week, a month or a year, the allotted time is irrelevant. All that matters is that the two sides play a half-hearted game of chicken while making the rest of us wait until the last possible second to get wind of the details. All of which, of course, brings us to Yu Darvish. The whirling Japanese pitching phenom is officially and finally headed to the United States after coming to terms with the Texas Rangers on a six-year, $60 million contract on Wednesday afternoon. Those details were first reported on Twitter by our own Jeff Passan. The deal completes a month-long negotiating window that was opened when the Rangers agreed to pay a record $51.7 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters last month. It also puts to bed any speculation that Da...

Maddux ready to help Rangers staff

ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers pitching staff has come so far over the last few years that not even future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux is sure what he has contribute. Maddux began his job as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels on Tuesday by taking part in the winter development camp at Rangers Ballpark. "This team's pretty good right now already,"...

Top 15 Prospects: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers organization is solid top to bottom with both high-ceiling talents and depth. In looking at the Top 10 prospects we can see that the organization’s main strengths are pitching and up-the-middle offensive players. 1. Jurickson Profar, SS BORN: Feb. 20, 1993 EXPERIENCE: 2 seasons ACQUIRED: 2009 international free agent 2010-11 TOP 10 RANKING: 1st The Rangers organization...

Texas Rangers Top 50 Prospects

The Texas Rangers' minor league system is as deep as ever going into the 2012 season. While the farm system is helping the club win at the major league level, the organization restocked by signing three of its top 20 prospects via the international free agent market last summer. Lone Star Dugout presents our top 50 Rangers prospects list entering the 2012 campaign.

Even After Signing Darvish, Rangers Still Want Prince Fielder

The Texas Rangers made a big move Wednesday afternoon by signing Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish to a six-year, $60 million deal. When considering the posting fee paid just to negotiate with the right-hander, that means the Rangers spent over $110 million to get Darvish on board. After spending that kind of dough it would be reasonable to assume Texas is done dipping into the free...

Lowe and Rangers agree to $1.7 million deal

Right-hander Mark Lowe and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $500,000. The Rangers on Tuesday also said they had agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder David Murphy worth $3.625 million, a substantial raise from the $2.4 million he made last year. Murphy batted .275 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 120 games with the Rangers in 2011....

Rangers reach deals with pitchers Lowe, Adams

The Texas Rangers have agreed to one-year deals with right-handers Mark Lowe and Mike Adams, avoiding arbitration. Adams, a reliever, agreed to a $4.4 million deal after making $2,535,000 last year. Lowe agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $500,000. Lowe, who avoided salary arbitration, was 2-3 with a 3.80 ERA and one save in 52 games for the AL champions last...

The Rules: Yu Darvish Pun Edition

With the Japaranian sensation Yu Darvish making his Big League career official by signing with the Texas Rangers, I thought it appropriate to lay down some ground rules for the inevitable onslaught of awful puns that are certain to tattoo newspapers and interwebs around the world.*Note: All italicized examples come from Lone Star Ball’s Yu! Darvish Pun Sweepstakes, and commenter...

Yu Darvish is a Texas Ranger

It’s official. Yu Darvish is a Texas Ranger. [Insert fist pump here] His agents and Rangers’ brass came to terms on a six year deal, worth $60 million.This, plus the $51.7 million posting fee the Rangers now owe the Nippon Ham Fighters, brings the total deal to just over $111 million, or about $18.7 million [...]

Rangers, Darvish agree on 6-year deal

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish on a six-year contract.

Would You Decline Wright’s Option To Sign Josh Hamilton Next Offseason?

After posing this question via twitter, a debate ensued between myself and several Met bloggers including our own Joe D. and Brandon Butler. I thought I would ask the MMO faithful this same query: Would you do anything to sign Josh Hamilton next winter? Even if it meant losing David Wright? Personally, I think it is something to consider. Now that the Rangers have inked Japanese...

Angels, Dodgers see Yu Darvish slip away

The clubs were after the Japanese right-hander, who signed with the Texas Rangers for $60 million, since he was a teenager. But the pitcher followed an unwritten protocol and played first in Japan for several seasons.Clay Daniel remembers the first time he saw Yu Darvish in person. It was at a 2002 tryout on an island off the coast of Japan, when the lanky right-hander, who signed...
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