Rangers Win Bidding For Yu Darvish

If Yu Darvish plays for a Major League team in 2012, he'll be wearing a Rangers uniform. Texas won the rights to the Japanese right-hander via the posting system with a record $51.7MM bid, Yahoo's Jeff Passan reports. MLB has confirmed that the Rangers submitted the highest bid and that it was accepted.

The bid, which exceeds the $51.1MM Boston paid for the rights to speak with Daisuke Matsuzaka five years ago, provides the Rangers with a 30-day negotiating window. If the sides don't agree to a deal within the next 30 days, Darvish will stay in Japan and the Nippon Ham Fighters won't obtain any cash from the Rangers.

Darvish posted a 1.44 ERA with 10.7 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 232 innings this past season and he hasn't posted an ERA above 2.00 since 2007. MLB agents suggested to MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes that it will cost at least $100MM to lock Darvish up, including the posting fee and contract.

If Rangers GM Jon Daniels reaches a deal with Darvish, Texas' rotation will look considerably different in 2012. C.J. Wilson signed with the Angels as a free agent and Neftali Feliz will move to the rotation. Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Scott Feldman provide manager Ron Washington with an abundance of alternatives for the rest of the rotation.

Agent Arn Tellem issued a statement explaining that he was pleased to learn the Rangers were the high bidders, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

"The Rangers are an extraordinary franchise in an exceptional city with equally exceptional fans," 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."

The Rangers are on the clock and now have until January 18th to reach a deal with Darvish. The Blue Jays, Yankees and Cubs also placed bids on Darvish before last week's deadline. Conversely, the Giants, Athletics, Marlins, Mets, Rays, Angels, Twins, Red Sox and Orioles did not bid, according to recent reports. The Blue Jays had been favored to win the bidding for Darvish ever since the process wrapped up.


600 Responses to Rangers Win Bidding For Yu Darvish Leave a Reply

  1. nestleraisinets 4 years ago

    lol @blue jay fans… They were  101% sure that they got darvish

  2. What a fantastic pitching staff JD has put together. The average age in the rotation is astonishing. Too bad the offense lacks punch, but then again that has been a problem in Texas for years…

    Rotation: 
    Holland
    Harrison
    Lewis (Perez in 2012)
    Darvish
    Feliz

    Bullpen: 
    Nathan
    Adams
    Ogando
    Uehara
    Lowe
    Scheppers or Kirkman
    Feldman
    Lefty to be named later, of the LOOGY variety. 

    • We still have to sign Darvish.

    • Patrick the Pragmatist 4 years ago

      Texas might want Yu,  but Yu might not want Texas.

    • cardswho 4 years ago

      And I can guarantee they aren’t paying over $100 million for yu to have him as a 4th starter.  you might want to adjust that.  lol

    • Zuidvogels 4 years ago

      It’s early and my sarcasm meter is running slow. I hope you were being sarcastic about the Rangers offense lacking punch lol

    • Daniel Lee 4 years ago

      that pitching staff honestly isnt as great as you think. lewis, harrison, and holland are good middle of the rotation starters. holland is inconsistent, lewis is regressing and not gona get any better. harrison is at best a low tier #2 in my opinion.  and who knows how feliz is gona fare over 150+ innings in a season? not to mention, darvish isnt even signed yet and even if he does sign, theres no guarantee how he will do. cj wilson was great the past two seasons. i mean darvish MAY pitch well but i highly doubt he can perform better than wilson has pitched in the past two seasons cause hes put up pretty strong numbers as a starter.

      • Greg Dunn 4 years ago

        Lewis was injured for all of 2011 – it’s pretty likely the ‘regression’ was his hip injury. Hopefully, that’s healed up in time for next year. 

        Holland has improved massively, and shows no signs of that stopping. I would be very surprised if he didn’t show more and more consistency as the 2012 season goes on.

        Feliz is an unknown, but has a huge amount of potential. Let Feldman stand in every now and then to help keep Feliz’s innings down.

        No real comment on Darvish. I think he’ll blow CJ out of the water, but that’s such an instinct thing that I won’t really try to argue it.

        Young pitchers with the Maddux brothers and Nolan Ryan there to mentor them? That’s a combination that I think will pay out quite well.

  3. Shawnthemon 4 years ago

    As a Jays fan, I am upset we didn’t get Darvish.

    Even though he is a lot of money, I think it is worth the risk. Unless AA gets Garza or Shields, I don’t think they are going to sign Prince.

    It wasn’t going to be one or the other, It was both or none. (Referring to a top starting pitcher and Prince).

    Us Jays fans might have to wait another year for Rogers to spend money.

    • Zuidvogels 4 years ago

      Jays fans are starting to sound like Cubs fans… “Maybe next year!”

      Jays have a solid front office, but I wouldn’t anticipate them spending any big $ until they actually do it. Other then that it’s all talk. Just like everyone was claiming the Marlins wanting to spend was all BS until they actually did it.

  4. Guest 4 years ago

    I’m already sick of this guy

  5. Toufu Vang 4 years ago

    Time for us Rangers fans to learn basic Japanese so we can make signs to hold up at the ballpark like the Mariners fans have been making for the last 10 years.

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Yeah but the Mariners actually have a lot of Japanese people in the stands. Sorry but cowboy hats and attempts to write in Japanese dont mix.

      • The Rangers actually have a large Asian following. I’ve been a season ticket holder for a while; last year and this year there were a ton of Asian Rangers fans in attendance. DFW in general has a large Asian population. I think he’ll be fine.

        • Joey Doughnuts 4 years ago

          I’m shocked I was able to recognize “DFW” as meaning Dallas Forth-Worth. I don’t think I’ve ever said, written, or typed that at any point in my life.

          • You’ve obviously never been to DFW Airport or anywhere near the metroplex

        • Devon Henry 4 years ago

          Large Asian Market is being generous…

    • Zuidvogels 4 years ago

      People in Texas will be lucky if they can spell Darvish….(completely joking)

      Congrats Ranger fans :)

  6. god dammit.  He was supposed to go to the Cubs.

  7. Darvish isn’t signing anything less than 5yrs at 15mil per. Or else he waits til next season and gets a better deal because of no posting fee. 

    • Zuidvogels 4 years ago

      No, no he won’t. He cannot be a Free agent until after 2013. He will be signing with Texas no matter how much he threatens(or his agents threaten) he will go back to Japan.

      5 years at 12-15M per.

  8. 王威評 4 years ago

    Assuming he settles for a wilson like contract.
    That’s total investment around 125M. 
    Tex gonna make some serious money in marketing Darvish just like Ms did with Ichiro which makes up for the posting fee easily. 
    So basically, TEX only pay 60M/5 yrs for a much better replacement than Wilson.  Nice business decision here by the rangers.

    “IF” Darvish puts up ERA under 3.6, I would say the rangers win.

    • Zuidvogels 4 years ago

      All that revenue you speak of will be split equally amongst all the teams in the leauge.

    • Devon Henry 4 years ago

      You do know that Texas has a terrible asian market (having lived there for 5 yrs), we represent the Red White and Blue. There is a reason why Darvish wanted a “West Coast Team” aka Seattle. Don’t try to talk out of ur a** and suggest Darvish will bring Texas “Serious Money.” I dont think anybody in Texas will be rushing to buy a Darvish jersey. If Darvish brings any revenue it will be to the entire league as Zuidvogels said.

    • Devon Henry 4 years ago

      You do know that Texas has a terrible asian market (having lived there for 5 yrs), we represent the Red White and Blue. There is a reason why Darvish wanted a “West Coast Team” aka Seattle. Don’t try to talk out of ur a** and suggest Darvish will bring Texas “Serious Money.” I dont think anybody in Texas will be rushing to buy a Darvish jersey. If Darvish brings any revenue it will be to the entire league as Zuidvogels said.

  9. 王威評 4 years ago

    Only MLB merchandise is equally shared. Yu has something that Wilson doesn’t have which is called “Star quality”.  Jetter,Pujols, Ichiro bring in casual fans and their money to the field.
    Those super stars will also affect on how teams negotiate their the Local TV deal which is sole revenue. 

    Not including tourist economy for the city, commercial on all kinds of products, tv deal in Japan etc.

  10. StiebSlider 4 years ago

    Jays

  11. StiebSlider 4 years ago

    Congrats guys! He’s got nasty stuff

  12. Daniel Lee 4 years ago

    thats because the rangers developed players that started contributing. but be warned, the more you win the more you gotta spend. theyll be around 120 mil this year especially if they sign darvish. and well over 120 mil when the big hitters finally start getting big contracts (hamilton, kinsler, cruz, etc) and when all the young kids start getting paid more and more in arbitration. meaning in 2012 theyll prob be around top 6 in payroll and the next couple of years easily into the top 5. this isnt a bad thing. it just means when you win more you want to keep winning and when you win you make more money so you spend more money and you make more money. thats how the yankees have done it for years and what the red sox and phillies have done more recently.

  13. I think Yu is better than Daisuke.

  14. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    51.7 million dollars=a little over 4 billion yen…holy crap

  15. NexttoIgnore 4 years ago

    Good question, does hope spring eternal?  

  16. anyone think he wont sign?

  17. dc21892 4 years ago

    Wow, that’s extremely record shattering… a whopping 600k over. In all seriousness, this is good for Texas. Hope they’re able to land their man.

  18. Kinger 4 years ago

    So fellas, Who do the Jays go after now? Garza, Shields, Gio? Or just settle with what we have? Anyone thinks they make a huge run for Prince now? Since we didn’t spend all that $$$ on Darvish, I wouldn’t bet that AA will cave and give him more then 5 years but who knows, looking forwards to your guys opinion. Thanks

  19. GREG HERBENER 4 years ago

    this process of paying for signing international players is terrible for baseball….this guy is gonna get paid a ton of money and dollars to donuts says he turns out to be a carbon copy of every other pitcher out of japan-garbage….the games different over there and while the hitters have reasonable success, Ichiro the lone exception….the pitchers are usually flops, i.e. Hideki Irabu, Dice-k had 2 good years and then turned to junk

    • rangersfan32 4 years ago

      Except Darvish has a better build, is younger and has way better stuff with insane breaking pitches. I think he’ll be just fine and he should fit in perfect for the type of pitcher that can succeed in Arlington.

  20. Latrappe 4 years ago

    Hmmm… 51.7 M posting fees + the contract for a guy that never pitched in the MLB. I though the Rangers didn’t have the money to re-sign Wilson… Oh wait…

  21. John DiRienzo 4 years ago

    i won’t speak for them, but they are vastly different scenarios

    the posting fee represents a $50 mil hit to the budget THIS SEASON, not the payroll over the next 5. so therefore, despite the time value of money, it can be more easily absorbed than if it were spread over a contract.

    so you’re really looking at an investment of roughly $14m/year tying them down over the next five years. contrast that with Fielder, who will demand at least $40 more million in total and at least three more years on his deal, all of which will be factored into payroll, and whose body type is intimidating for signing teams. plus, despite the struggles of Lind, their offense seems much better off than their rotation, and 1B doesn’t seem to be a glaring need if Lind can put up semi-respectable numbers, which we all know he is capable of.

    i’m not agreeing with their point of view, nor am i disagreeing. but you’re not comparing apples to apples.

    EDIT: this was intended as a response, but whatevs

  22. Will Aikins 4 years ago

    Let’s see if Texas can stop their streak of losing their ace to free agency every season

    • Greg Dunn 4 years ago

      Calling Wilson an ace is rather generous

    • abbearden 4 years ago

      Well Colby will probably be the Rangers “#1″ going into this next season and if he puts up another 14 or 15 wins with about 200 innings he will more than likely be gone with free agency. So if we replace the word “ace” with “#1 in the rotation” then the streak could very well continue. 

      The Rangers look as if they are trying to build a young core of pitchers that will either be under team control or standing contract for several years. 

  23. the_insomniac 4 years ago

    I wonder how much of the Rangers pursuit of Darvish had to do with the Angels picking up Pujols and Wilson this offseason. I would’ve really liked to see him in a Jays uniform but it was probably good we didn’t submit the highest bid as we are still a few pieces away from contending. Good luck to Darvish. I think he’s gonna be a really special pitcher.

  24. John McFadin 4 years ago

    What is the purpose for the venom?  I sure hope you aren’t a Rangers fan.

  25. diehardmets 4 years ago

    Finishing 4th in the hardest division in baseball. Put them in any other division aside from the AL East and they’d have a realistic shot at winning.

  26. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Are they 4 8 15 16 23 42?

  27. cacavolante 4 years ago

    amazing considering everyone has pretty much said it was either texas or toronto all week…

  28. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    You had a 1 in 30 chance of picking that. And you can narrow it down to about 10 teams that would make sense. The other 20 wouldn’t pay that much. So you had a 1 and 10 chance of picking it, with the help of analysts and reporters. 

    Congrats, you really are smart.

  29. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    You had a 1 in 30 chance of picking that. And you can narrow it down to about 10 teams that would make sense. The other 20 wouldn’t pay that much. So you had a 1 and 10 chance of picking it, with the help of analysts and reporters. 

    Congrats, you really are smart.

  30. you had a 1 in 30 chance of picking it right dude.  and you’re probably a Rangers’ fan so of course you’d say that.  The lotto is 1 in several million.  a little different odds. 

  31. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    That’s a pretty high percentage there! 

    I was really hoping Yanks get him. Now what am I supposed to do with this Nippon Ham Fighters jersey? 

  32. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    That’s a pretty high percentage there! 

    I was really hoping Yanks get him. Now what am I supposed to do with this Nippon Ham Fighters jersey? 

  33. Lastings 4 years ago

    They did…Texas placed a “Double Whopper” of a bid…

  34. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    51.6 million. or maybe they bid in Canadian currency and the japanese don’t take that.

  35. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    51.6 million. or maybe they bid in Canadian currency and the japanese don’t take that.

  36. soxfan0928 4 years ago

    How about we put them in the AL East and watch them finish 6th. 

    EDIT: Sorry – the original comment was removed, and I thought you were talking about putting the Mets in any other division and they’d have a realistic shot at winning.

  37. soxfan0928 4 years ago

    How about we put them in the AL East and watch them finish 6th. 

    EDIT: Sorry – the original comment was removed, and I thought you were talking about putting the Mets in any other division and they’d have a realistic shot at winning.

  38. Madman2TX 4 years ago

    If he is a failure, he’ll be the last big signing from the Japanese market then. The Japanese better pray that Darvish succeeds over here.

  39. Madman2TX 4 years ago

    If he is a failure, he’ll be the last big signing from the Japanese market then. The Japanese better pray that Darvish succeeds over here.

  40. ubercubsfan 4 years ago

    These numbers, I don’t know, but I feel like I’m lost trying to figure them out.

  41. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Actually he changed his comment… Originally he put “Second!!” He’s clearly a cool kid. Putting a childish comment (which was completely wrong), and then editing it to make me look stupid.

    Edit: His comment actually didn’t even make me look stupid…. Oh well. I seem to be slightly off tonight..

  42. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Actually he changed his comment… Originally he put “Second!!” He’s clearly a cool kid. Putting a childish comment (which was completely wrong), and then editing it to make me look stupid.

    Edit: His comment actually didn’t even make me look stupid…. Oh well. I seem to be slightly off tonight..

  43. So instead they intend to spend over $100 mil on a guy that has never faced MLB pitching?

  44. idk 151 million dollars for a guy who hasnt proven him self in the majors yet? another dice-k anyone? hopefuly he isnt as bad, but baseball over there and it over here are two different styles. and hes going to a hitter friendly ball park. but congrats to texas on winning it. it was better then CJ

  45. disgustipated85 4 years ago

    And darvish isn’t? There gonna end up paying more for darvish than Wilson got. Pitchers from Japan have a poor track record when coming to the u.s.

  46. Jessamynn 4 years ago

    lol!

  47. Jessamynn 4 years ago

    lol!

  48. I’m LOST as well.

  49. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    Easy there crazy

  50. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    and now we wait for “Angry Whopper” posts

  51. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Whoah. My comment got removed… Sorry for the anger. I’m just so tired of all those people that hate on AA.

  52. cacavolante 4 years ago

    1 in 10? you’re giving him way too much credit.

  53. blurnandez 4 years ago

    Again?

  54. vtadave 4 years ago

    We’ll take him.

    Sincerely,

    Dodgers fans

  55. vtadave 4 years ago

    We’ll take him.

    Sincerely,

    Dodgers fans

  56. sharenski 4 years ago

    nobody cares what you do

  57. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    this is the type of response everyone is expecting.. way to play right in to it

  58. blurnandez 4 years ago

    “trade for Michael Pineda!”

    lmao

  59. AndySTL 4 years ago

    why would the Mariners want to trade Pineda?

  60. John McFadin 4 years ago

    Mariners aren’t trading Pineda, so you might want to look into getting Dave Bush.  The power of AA, amirite?

  61. vtadave 4 years ago

    Probably should also deal for Evan Longoria and Mariano Rivera.

  62. John McFadin 4 years ago

    Doubt it.  If that was the case, no Japanese players would have been signed after Daisuke and Igawa.  Of course, you can always hope Michael Young gets the starting job at SS, right?  That BA sure would look good there….

  63. diehardmets 4 years ago

    LOL even I’m not that delusional. I also had a typo in my comment myself, so it’s all good.

  64. Benny 4 years ago

    You mean MLB hitting, right? By the way they still haven’t agreed on a contract. Who knows a deal might not get reached and than this would all be for not.

  65. Yes he has. He pitched in the WBC, I saw him pitch in the championship at Dodgers Stadium…

  66. Leonard Washington 4 years ago

    He was obviously kidding about the lottery………

  67. John McFadin 4 years ago

    Are you really, truly taking that post seriously?  Really?

  68. John McFadin 4 years ago

    Are you really, truly taking that post seriously?  Really?

  69. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    He is obviously a Yanks fan……..

  70. OrangeCards 4 years ago

    I flipped a coin and got tails on the 2nd try! Where’s my cash monies!

  71. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    Its the holidays, I’m in a giving mood.

  72. Yep, meant to say hitting. Though the idea of Darvish hitting (or any pitcher hitting for that matter) is amusing.

  73. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    At this point I would take a rock. At least a rock can’t sign past-their-prime veterans to multiyear deals..

  74. oz10 4 years ago

    Ummmm, who doesn’t have your posts in their RSS feeds?!?!?!

  75. cacavolante 4 years ago

    hey mods if i type with the caps lock on and write something really really dumb can i respond to this guy?

  76. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    only if the rays throw in cash 

  77. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    only if the rays throw in cash 

  78. Don’t forget Moore.

  79. Jeremy Johnson 4 years ago

    You so funny.

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