Uncertainty persists over star pitcher Darvish

Major League Baseball is still waiting on star Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, and some around the game are beginning to question whether he will even be available for the 2012 season. The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters — Darvish’s current team — were expected to announce after the Japan World Series whether Darvish would be posted for MLB clubs. But the Japan Series ended...
November 25, 2011  |  2 Comments

Darvish losers could shift quickly into trade mode

  Once the winner of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes is identified, expect the losing bidders to shift quickly into trade mode.   If the Rangers fail to get Darvish, they could accelerate their talks for Athletics left-hander Gio Gonzalez. If the Blue Jays strike out on Darvish, they could increase their pursuit of Cubs right-hander Matt Garza.   Both the Rangers and Blue Jays...
December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

A six-man rotation? Why not the Rangers?

If ever a team was set up for a six-man rotation, it might be the 2012 Texas Rangers. The Rangers indeed will have six potential starters if they sign Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. They could trade a starter. They could return right-hander Alexi Ogando to the bullpen. They also could try a six-man rotation. Nolan Ryan, the team’s old-school club president, might object. One...
December 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Who is Edwin Jackson?

After left-handers C.J. Wilson and Mark Buerhle, the biggest contract to a free-agent starting pitcher this offseason went to righty Aaron Harang, who signed with the Dodgers for two years, $12 million. The trade market for starting pitchers has been far more active, with lefties Gio Gonzalez and Jonathan Sanchez and righties Trevor Cahill and Mat Latos among those changing teams...
December 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Sources: Tigers join pursuit of Cubs’ Garza

The Detroit Tigers have emerged as a suitor for Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza. Interest in Garza has picked up recently, major league sources say, and the Tigers are involved. Multiple teams are pursuing Garza aggressively, increasing the odds that the right-handed starter will be dealt before spring training. The New York Yankees are interested in Garza, but one source said...
December 30, 2011  |  Discuss

Source: Rangers growing optimistic about Darvish

The Rangers are becoming increasingly optimistic about their chances to sign Yu Darvish, a major-league source said Thursday. The team has until 5 p.m. ET Wednesday to reach agreement with Darvish, after obtaining his negotiating rights last month. Darvish’s team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, will collect the Rangers’ $51.7 million posting fee if the ace right-hander signs...
January 12, 2012  |  Discuss
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