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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rangers Sign Yu Darvish To 6 Year/$60M Deal

Per Buster Olney of ESPN, the Rangers signed Japanese import Yu Darvish to a 6-year/$60M deal. Favorite Twitter gag about this so far:
Props to Angels GM Dipoto. Angels sign Wilson for 75 mil, force the Rangers to spend 120 mil to back fill his spot in the rotation #genius
I'm not so sure about that; word so far is that Darvish may be the best Japanese pitcher to hit the US in approximately ever, and is quite a bit younger than the Angels' C.J. Wilson. On the other hand, Texas paid a "record" $51.7 million posting bid. That's a lot of money to have sunk into a guy nobody's ever seen pitch in the majors. We'll see how this plays out.

Update: Supposedly — and this is unconfirmed — Darvish has an opt out clause after five years.

Update 1/20: No, not on the weed.

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re "word is so far that Darvish may be the best Japanese pitcher to hit the US in approximately ever" - making him better than....Dice K? Hideki Irabu? Nomo? If he's the level of those guys (or slightly better), it's $110m down the toilet, IMHO.
 

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