By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish is one step closer to coming to America. If he plays in MLB next season, he will play for the Texas Rangers, as they won his bidding war.
The Rangers won the posting bid of $51.7 million, which was a record, according to Yahoo Sports! Jeff Passan. Five years ago, the Boston Red Sox previously paid the highest amount, as they paid $51.1 million to sign Daisuke Matsuzaka.
“Obviously, it’s a very exciting night for our organization, our fans and our community,” general manager Jon Daniels said on a conference call.
Darvish, along with his representatives, will now have 30-days to come to an agreement with the Rangers. However, if they cannot reach an agreement, Darvish will return to Japan to play for the Nippon Ham Fighters, which seems impossible at this time, though.
With the Ham Fighters, Darvish had a 1.44 ERA in 232 innings, along with a 10.7 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9. Darvish has not had an ERA above 2.00 since the 2007 season.
“The Rangers are an extraordinary franchise in an exceptional city with equally exceptional fans,” agent Arn Tellem said. ‘”Yu is honored to be prized so highly and recognized as a once-in-a-generation pitcher. We look forward to getting negotiations underway.”
When the Rangers do sign Darvish, their starting rotation will definitely be better than in 2011. Despite losing C.J. Wilson to the Los Angeles Angels, the team is expected to move Neftali Feliz to the starting rotation.
Also, manager Ron Washington will have many options to go to with Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, and Scott Feldman in the mix.
“If we’re able to sign him (Darvish), then we’ll have a very good problem on our hands,” Daniels said.
The Rangers will have until January 18th to strike a deal to bring the talented pitcher over to the United States. Besides the Rangers, the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Chicago Cubs put in a bid for the pitcher.
It was believed that Darvish would favor the Blue Jays from the beginning, but that was not the case.
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