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Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 7:31 am

By Matt Snyder

Yu Darvish could be headed to America very soon. The Texas Rangers have won the bidding for the Japanese phenom, Major League Baseball announced late Monday night. The Rangers did so with a bid of more than $51.7 million, sources told's Danny Knobler (Jeff Passan of Yahoo first reported exactly $51.7 million). That money will be paid to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters once a contract -- independent of the posting fee -- is agreed upon with Darvish. The Rangers have 30 days to agree to terms with Darvish, otherwise they won't pay the posting fee and Darvish remains the property of the Fighters.

"We were pleased to learn that the Texas Rangers were the high-bidders for Yu Darvish," agent Arn Tellem said in a statement. "The Rangers are an extraordinary franchise in an exceptional city with equally exceptional fans. Yu is honored to be prized so highly and recognized as a once-in-a-generation pitcher. We look forward to getting negotiations underway."

Darvish to Texas
Darvish, a 25-year-old right-hander, has been the ace of the Fighters for five years. In those five seasons, Darvish is 76-28 with a sparkling 1.72 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. He's struck out 9.5 batters per nine innings and walked just 1.9 per nine. He's also thrown 50 complete games and 15 shutouts. In 2011, Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 276 strikeouts in 232 innings with 10 complete games and six shutouts.

Darvish may very well serve as the ace for the Rangers, though they seem to not really need titles on that rotation. Darvish will join Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison to form a pretty solid 1-5 rotation for the two-time defending AL champs.

Also, this means the Rangers can leave both Alexi Ogando and Scott Feldman in the bullpen in front of eight-inning man Mike Adams and closer Joe Nathan, giving them a very formidable final four to close out games. Nothing is set in stone yet, as the Rangers could still elect to use Ogando in the rotation. They certainly have options.

Darvish actually has some family roots in America. His Iranian father attended high school in Massachusetts and played soccer at Eckard College in Florida, which is where he met Darvish's Japanese mother.

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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:39 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

christheyankee: Daisuke Matsuzaka was all hype because the media played it up to be some type of slight against the Yankees.Who's laughing now Boston?
2007: Red Sox with World Series and Matsuzaka becomes the first Japanese pitcher to win an MLB playoff game and only the fifth rookie to start a game seven in the playoffs. On October 27, 2007, he started and led the Red Sox to a 10–5 win in Game 3 of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies, his first World Series appearance, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks, with 5 strikeouts. 

Oh...and in 2008, a fully healthy Dice-K went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. 

All hype? Don't think so.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:15 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

yanks certainly didn't win *because* of Hideki.  He barely pitched in the series, right?
Steinbrenner calling him names and Letterman's top ten saying that another way to pronounce the name for Hideki Irabu was "12 MILLION DOLLAR BOO BOO" just showed what a huge large fall from grace it was.
Heck, he was out of NY before moving on and then yes, becoming a closer for Texas in 2002.  Good trivia there. 

I'm saying that to many, if the yanks don't get someone in a time that they were outbid, they will then shun that person, say they "suck" or act like they didn't want him in the first place.  Heck yes, yanks really really wanted Dice-K as Boston only edged them out in terms of bidding.  So now there are plenty of yank fans all over the boards here ripping on Yu Darvish.  Come on now.  Are they sports fans or just blowhards??

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:16 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

Huge marketing wise. He is the next best thing since Godzilla joined the Yankees. The  will get recouped in the first year.
Added bonus, he is better than Hideo Nomo was.

So you're trying to say the Rangers are going to recoup 50 or 100 million in his first season they otherwise wouldn't have had if they didn't sign Darvish?  Not a chance in hell.  That's literally impossible to do, it'll never happen, not the the wildest dreams of the Texas Rangers front office.  If it was that easy for a team to increase their revenue the bids for this guy would have gone to 100 or even 150 million dollars with 20 or 25 teams fighting for him.  Not to mention a team in need of pitching like the New York Yankees in the marketing capital of the planet would have scooped him up in a heartbeat, spending almost anything to get him.

But it doesn't work that way.... and never will.  That's not why the Rangers invested in this kid.  They invested in him because they are rolling the dice that he'll be just as good or even better in MLB as he was overseas.  Zero to do with marketing and everything to do with what they believe he'll do on the field. Can the kid even speak english well?  Can he speak english at all?????  You're not going to market somebody that can't speak the language for God sakes. 

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:52 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

Would help to know what you are talking about before just posting, clay hole.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:22 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

Jays are cowards. And stupid. 50 million plus a contract is nothing compared to the revenue he would have brought in. AA blew it.
Its being reported that the Jays bid was also over 50 million, but slightly less then the Rangers bid. So not really cowards. Wonder if their number was leaked to the Rangers prior to them submitting their bid? Rangers were able to win the bid without blowing away the second bid, they picked the perfect number.

Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:42 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

Huge marketing wise. He is the next best thing since Godzilla joined the Yankees. The money will get recouped in the first year.
Added bonus, he is better than Hideo Nomo was.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:35 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

To all you haters out there; my Asian sources are telling me that Darvish has perfected the "gyro-ball" that Dice K invented.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:11 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

I never understood why teams do this. Didn't understand when the Red Sox did it and don't understand it now. After the posting fee and contract, this will be a $100+million deal. You could have resigned Wilson for $80mill who is a known commodity. Maybe it helps from a marketing standpoint but that is short term.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:01 pm

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

Weel the Jays saved 50 million- Now ltes spend that on Prince!

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:50 am

Rangers have highest bid for Yu Darvish

And no German basketball player ever succeeded in the NBA before Dirk came along.  I agree with the unproven Japanese pitcher philosophy, but this dude is 6'5" 200 and has tools.  Tools that you can't just lump him along with every other guy that came before him.  True, he'll have to relearn to pitch over here, because you can't get MLB hitters out the same way he did over there.  But that's just a learning curve - i'll take Maddox and Nolan on that.  Because again, he already has what can't be taught.  Tools. 

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