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.


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Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

51.7 million dollars just to negotiate…that’s a lot of Yen.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

At least it wasn’t the insanely high bid everyone was reporting. Barely over Dice-K for a pitcher who’s miles ahead of Matsuzaka. And the should be able to sign him to a pretty fair deal (touching 110-120 mill total?). Lets get this done Texas.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

They still bid higher than the Royals 2011 payroll. That’s pretty crazy when you think about it. All just to negotiate, it’s no guarantee he will sign (although I believe Texas will sign him). NPB really cashes in on this bidding process.

stl_cards16
3 years 8 months ago

The Rangers only pay the posting fee if they sign him. So it’s not really just to negotiate with him.

redsox927
3 years 8 months ago

Lastings is wrong yes, but so are you…. the 51.7 million is to just negotiate with him. Period. The Sox paid 51 million to negotiate with Dice K and another 50 or 60 to sign him.

Sure they get it back if he doesn’t sign him, but he’s coming to MLB… The Rangers will be signing him

and when they do they will have paid 51.7 MM to negotiate and another 70 to get him signed.

BDLugz
3 years 8 months ago

How is 120 million over 5 years (24m per year) seem pretty fair for a guy who has never thrown a major league pitch?

NOT KIDDING
3 years 8 months ago

It’s 120 including the posting fee.  120-51 = 69 mil for 5 years.  Still seems high to me, but now we’re talking CJ wilson money and not, like, cliff lee money

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

he makes 7 million now, its going to take a raise to get him here

redsox927
3 years 8 months ago

no matter how you slice it, it’s going to be close to Cliff Lee money… The total cost of the player is the posting fee and the contract. 

It’s funny that they are willing to offer CJ Wilson 60 over 4 years, but are willing to (i’m assuming here) double that commitment for Yu Darvish, a man who looks great on TV; has 12 pitches; seems to be a great player; has never thrown a MLB pitch;…

remember Rangers fans, and take this from a sox fan who was grossly disappointed by a Japanese player who will remain nameless..

The culture is very different in Japan, The baseballs are smaller than MLB baseballs, and most importantly in my opinion…. the Japanese pitchers start once a week not every 5th day…. This is a big difference that def. had a negative affect on the last japanese pitching star that cost this much for the posting fee and was supposed to be the best thing since hello kitty.

Rusty Greer Fan Club
3 years 8 months ago

I agree with most of what you said, but as far as CJ goes he’s younger than CJ has better stuff than CJ and has a much higher ceiling than CJ, and hopefully won’t suck in the playoffs as much as CJ. So for the CJ comparison I am much happier with Darvish even for the money. You’re right about the risk involved though.

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

While I am a fan of Darvish, to say he is “miles ahead” of another pitcher (when Yu hasn’t even thrown a major league pitch) is ridiculous. Everyone loved Dice-K too, but the results never came.

To put it in perspective, Cliff Lee was worth about 120 million over 5 years. Darvish won’t cost draft picks but 120+ mil (posting fee + 75 mil over 5 years) is still a lot for a prospect. (and yes, he is a prospect since he’s never thrown a major league pitch)

This posting system needs to be revamped.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

you’re only looking at it from the point of view of the mlb club.. what about the japanese team losing its best player?

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

Do they own him? I mean that in the most literal sense imaginable. The man should be able to sign and play wherever he wishes. His former team is irrelevant. They deserve nothing.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

he is the one that surrendered his ability to “sign and play wherever he wishes”

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

in most case athletes do not have employee rights.

If me or you want to go get another job, we can. We can be fired and not paid etc.. but athletes are different, they have stiff contracts and pretty much ya, when you are under contract your team owns you.

Its very much a soccer system, where home clubs develop stars and then sell them to bigger clubs as a secondary means of revenue.

3 years 8 months ago

Yes, actually they do own his services for the 2012 season.  Oh, and if he tries to retire prematurely, he CAN’T play in the MLB.

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

They do get that hefty posting fee. I mean, 51 mil might not seem as much to MLB fans but what’s the average salary over there? MANY times lower. (Googled 400k. Compared to 3 mil for MLB)

That 51 mil buys you a team in Nippon for 10 years and then some…

And I thought making like 1/10 of the fee guaranteed would be more fair for all parties: This way, you attract more serious offers, you theoretically bring down the overall posting fee, the player has some indirect leverage (if they fail to sign, the MLB team loses out on 1/10 of the fee) and the Nippon team gets a safety net if no signing occurs.  This is just something I thought of off the top of my head. Anyone see any downfalls? I mean, I think it’s better than the current process.

MikhelB
3 years 8 months ago

What that small salary average tells us is that team owners probably have bigger proffit margins than in MLB, which would make those almost 52 million dollars moot, because more likely than not, they would be able to make that amount in publicity, merchandise and tickets.

And even when the average is “small”, Darvish earnt 6 million dollars this past season, making him the best paid player in the JPBL.

3 years 8 months ago

If you’re going to revamp the posting process, you should start by giving the winning team a 30 day exclusive negotiating period, but after that, the 2nd highest team has a semi-exclusive negotiating window that is shared with the first.

In this case, you are less likely to have a team bid just to block others, while allowing the NPB team the best chance to capitalize on their player’s talent.  Also, the player is likely to get a better contract through the deal.

Wilsonl
3 years 8 months ago

Well, they do get the money.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

It’s the minors it’s like Little Rock losing Mike Trout

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

um no, this is their professional league, try again

Commander_Nate
3 years 8 months ago

NPB payrolls are generally in the $20+ million range and top out around $30 million on occasion. Even a low posting fee is a nice boost for them.

Wilsonl
3 years 8 months ago

Oops.

MikhelB
3 years 8 months ago

Cliff Lee is not “worth” 120 millions, that’s what the Phillies paid him because he was “the best” pitcher available.

So, as to compare what a pitcher gets when there’s nobody else available and two “rich” teams are after him, to what other pitcher received next season when the “rich” team that didn’t get Lee refused to even talk to him, much less pay him ‘Cliff Lee’ money (Wilson reportedly asked the Yankees for 20+ more millions than what he ultimately received).

And since we can’t compare what two players got in different scenarios, we can’t say that “player A is worth X and player B this is worth X+Y”.

Yeah, CC was a possibility as a FA but he didn’t want to leave the NYY.

PSDarvish will cost the Rangers if they can’t sign him before 2012 rolls on, as that is when the new CBA takes efffect, and the top is 2.9 million dollars.

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

I meant he was “worth” that much to the market. (I understand he gave a discount to Philly) Yes, I should have said “signed for”. Actually, a case can be made that Cliff Lee is actually “worth” more in value than 120 million.

I couldn’t decipher the rest of what you were trying to say but I believe you meant “they’re different situations based on the market”. If so, why can’t recent historic transactions be used as comparables? And my point was more that: a) Cliff Lee is one of the best pitchers in MLB and signed for 120 million b) it would take about the same amount of total cash to acquire Darvish. But again, it was for perspective. I would rather take Cliff Lee at 120 mil than Darvish at 120 mil. Yes, the money would be different. But again, the main point was that the biggest question mark is Darvish — whether his skills will translate in the majors and whether 120 mil was too risky a bet for someone with no big league experience.

You can even use CJ Wilson as an example: he signed for 78 mil over 5 with the Angels. How much would it have taken the Rangers to beat that? Maybe worst case, 90-100 mil over 5? Now, whom would you rather take?

But in the end, it doesn’t really matter what Cliff Lee or Wilson would have signed for (even though the ball park figures are better comparables than nothing), what matters is that 120 million for a guy who has never pitched in the majors is a bit ridiculous. The comparison with the Lee deal is to describe the magnitude of this transaction.

3 years 8 months ago

CJ would have stayed in Texas had the Rangers offered him the same contract that the Angels did.  The Rangers never offered an actual deal, but proposed 4 years and something around $50-60M.

Yu Darvish is not going to get a $120M contract.  Including the posting fee, while realistic, is highly ridiculous, but we can blame the Red Sox, Boras, and Daisuke for that.  Mostly the Red Sox.

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

Also, could you enlighten me on what you meant about the new CBA deal and how the Rangers would lose 2.9 mil? Is there a clause on there?

Patrick Beliveau
3 years 8 months ago

They have 30 days to sign Darvish or he plays in Japan for the next 3 (i think) years until he is a free agent.

The 2.9 million dollar cap on international spending is only in effect once the new international signing period begins in the summer. it will have absolutely no effect on the negotiations between Yu and the Rangers.

Jared_H
3 years 8 months ago

The posting system is independent of the international signing cap. Anything the Rangers pay for posting and to Darvish does not count against the cap.

cardswho
3 years 8 months ago

Miles ahead of Dice-k, huh? I do t know how you can say that when he hasn’t pitch a day in the majors. That’s like saying Bryan LaHair is miles above Rizzo based on what they’ve done in the minors. Japan is pretty much like AAA, if that. Until he pitches in the majors, you can’t compare.

Rangersfan32
3 years 8 months ago

At least it wasn’t the insanely high bid everyone was reporting. Barely over Dice-K for a pitcher who’s miles ahead of Matsuzaka. And the should be able to sign him to a pretty fair deal (touching 110-120 mill total?). Lets get this done Texas.

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

5 years/77M for a known quantity, or ?/100M+ for an unknown. I don’t understand the Rangers

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

The Rangers have been scouting Darvish for many years. Not offering CJ a big deal and going after Darvish big must have been the plan all along. Hard to argue with a GM that built the Rangers from the ground up to back to back world series. Oh to see the look on CJ’s face right now………

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

All the scouting in the world doesn’t make it any less of a gamble. How many highly touted players end up being AAAA?

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

True but you are talking about scouting a player that is at a level equivalent to AA or AAA, not high school or college. Think of how much easier it is to evaluate college talent over high school and now you are talking about Darvish being several levels above college. With that said, I am excited as a fan that we finally won something like this but am more afraid of a Dice K type result.

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

Hope he works out for you guys. I wasn’t wishing any ill will or anything, I was just surprised that they would spend so much after refusing to for Wilson. I’m thinking it was maybe a panic move.

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

I didn’t take it that way. I think it was part of the plan all along though and not a panic move. JD and Nolan are not the types to panic. We didn’t panic last year when we lost Lee and that worked out. I am sure that they had another plan had we not won with Darvish and then a plan if the next plan didn’t work. Sad part is that it would have been fun to see Prince here but we should definitely be out of that now. Pitching is the smart move though, time will tell if this was the right pitcher.

3 years 8 months ago

If this was the plan all along, imagine if CJ HAD taken a much lesser deal to stay in Texas AND the Rangers going after Darvish…

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

If CJ had accepted their lower bid, I doubt they even go after Darvish. JD and Nolan have very clear and defined plans and contigent plans. I think it was known early on that we would be outbid on where we felt comfortable with CJ. Still not sure on how I feel about Darvish as like everybody else, I only know what I have read. Does he need to be another Nomo to be successful at this price or even better? It is just a cool feeling that the team I root for won a bid like this. It ranks right up there with getting Cliff Lee 2 summers ago.

leowalter
3 years 8 months ago

oz10 : it only worked out for the Rangers to the extent they got back to the WS.Outside of that,they lost the only guy on the staff ,with the possible exception of Holland ,that has a clue to the words ” command of the strike zone ” .Or could go more than 5 IP before they were forced into that BP. In the end,that camE back to cost them a World Series win.

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

Ummmm? The Rangers had the 7th best ERA for starting pitchers last year. They were also 9th in innings pitched just 70 back of the Phillies. That is an average of 6.1 innings by a starter. Give the Rangers their due, they have built a solid pitching staff and you obviously look at them as the old Rangers from the past.

And I can’t tell if you are talking about Lee or Wilson in regards to commanding the strike zone but Wilson is a nibbler and doesn’t adjust well if he is not getting those borderline strikes called. And last year after losing Lee, the Rangers didn’t panic but were patient and waited and were able to strike a deal with Beltre a month and half later and in essence improved all pitching because of his defense.

And isn’t the goal to make it to the World Series? So your comment of it only worked out to the extent that they got back to the WS means that they executed a plan and got very close to their goal. Where was Cliff Lee? Fortunately for us our plan B worked better than the Phillies plan A. 

leowalter
3 years 8 months ago

Disqus generic email template Obviously I was talking about Cliff Lee when I talked about command,and no,obviously I wasn’t looking at them as the ” old ” Rangers as you say. With a better # 1 on the saff,this team ( the Rangers ),and a Major League closer,WOULD have won that WS,no matter what you say. And,for you to infer that it might have been due to Cliff Lee that the Phillies didn’t make it through the NLCS,THAT is laughable.It had a lot more to do with an inability to hit in the clutch that the Phillies have shown time and time again. —–Original Message—–

MikhelB
3 years 8 months ago

The Japanese League is definitely above AAA, it is in the same category as MLB, even though MLB refuses to accept it… Which is strange since MLB got their behinds kicked around in the World Baseball Classic which Japan won.

The sole issue with Japanese players, specially pitchers is in their “body of work”, whereas they are allowed to pitch as much as they want to in Japan and are subject to a strict training regime, in MLB teams and coaches pamper pitchers so they can last a bit more, and once Japanese pitchers come to the US their regime is changed and their body resents it.

Matsuzaka was successful pitching 8 and 9 inning games in Japan with no limit of pitches, which made his body and arm stronger, then comes to MLB and the bosox ask him to throw 6 inning games with at most 100 pitches, and now when he needs that extra effort his body doesn’t respond.

snowmen10
3 years 8 months ago

WBC means absolutely nothing to which is better. Let’s place them in a 7 games 4 win situation and let’s see who will win the title…

3 years 8 months ago

Ok.

PushDown
3 years 8 months ago

LOL don’t see any relation between the Rangers signing Yu Darvish and CJ’s happiness at all. He’s back in his hometown, getting paid quite a lot to do what he loves, I would guess he has a happy look.

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

But he is a respect guy. And this is kinda like hey, you are not worth in 4 years what this guy is worth just to talk to. After being around him for several years here, this did irk him and he will use it as extra fire.

3 years 8 months ago

CJ wasn’t worth a bag of peanuts much less the contract the delusional Angels signed him for. The Rangers know what CJ brings to the table and an unknown commodity is still better. This coming from a life long Ranger fan.

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

It is so awesome. Good time to be a Ranger fan!

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

The Rangers have been scouting Darvish for many years. Not offering CJ a big deal and going after Darvish big must have been the plan all along. Hard to argue with a GM that built the Rangers from the ground up to back to back world series. Oh to see the look on CJ’s face right now………

Nivarsity
3 years 8 months ago

Well, you are a Mets fan, so I wouldn’t expect you to understand a well-run organization.

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

Low blow man! Low blow…

JaySchu
3 years 8 months ago

5 years/77M for a known quantity, or ?/100M+ for an unknown. I don’t understand the Rangers

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

YES I’M GLAD RANGERS WIN THE BID!!!!!!!!!! Now Show Yu the real $$$$$$$$..Now for Jays does this mean that Prince is going to Canada?

3 years 8 months ago

now that Rangers won the bidding I can see them trading a starting pitcher already in the rotation Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, or even Derek Holland to get a real good player (center fielder)(Andrew Mcutchen?). idk who but they could definitely get creative. And this bidding could certainly keep them out of the Prince Fielder running. I  personally feel Fielder would dominate in arlington park. Great bid. gives the Rangers depth and options to build from. 

Daniel Lee
3 years 8 months ago

the pirates would never trade mccutchen for any of the pitchers you mentioned. the only pitcher on the rangers they would even consider is feliz. mccutchen is already one of the best overall outfielders in the game at age 25. they wouldnt trade him for average to above-average pitchers. not to mention the pirates have young arms in the minors already. should be interesting who wins the west though. angels offense is still pretty horrible even with pujols but their starting pitching is pretty damn good.

3 years 8 months ago

Creative would look something like this: Colby Lewis, Torrealba, Martin Perez, Mike Olt, David Murphy, and a couple others for Ichiro and King Felix. 

3 years 8 months ago

I lol’d.

leowalter
3 years 8 months ago

Scott,that is a very nice dream scenario you put out there involving Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates,but you notice I did use the word ” dream “.It would take Holland AND Profar to get them to give up that guy at this stage of his career !

Infield Fly
3 years 8 months ago

Awesome for the Rangers! Congrats!

Still…talk about totally overdoing the suspense. It’s been more like a carnival sideshow than a baseball transaction!

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, congrats to Texas. Glad the Jays didn’t get him. I don’t want any more competition in the AL East.

3 years 8 months ago

no one GOT him yet.  Just a chance to get him. TX isn’t a west coast team so he probably won’t go.  especially with a child and a divorce going on. 

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

He is not going to pass the oportunity to make a huge amount of money compared to what he can make in Japan.

3 years 8 months ago

Nothing eases the sting of a divorce like $50 million.

Vivid_Reality
3 years 8 months ago

That she gets half of.

baschkar
3 years 8 months ago

She won’t get half unless they don’t file for divorce until after he signs the contract, which is clearly not the case.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

his divorce is in japan, who knows what the laws are there regarding this issue

Jeff Westcott
3 years 8 months ago

Do you know anything about Japanese divorce law? Or are just assuming that Japanese divorce law is the same as American divorce law.

baschkar
3 years 8 months ago

She won’t get half unless they don’t file for divorce until after he signs the contract, which is clearly not the case.

3 years 8 months ago

no one GOT him yet.  Just a chance to get him. TX isn’t a west coast team so he probably won’t go.  especially with a child and a divorce going on. 

radnom
3 years 8 months ago

Cue Blue Jays fans freaking out in 3….2…1…..

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Those darn Canadians ay?

matt1101
3 years 8 months ago

Me and my flappy canadian head are disappointed. 

3 years 8 months ago

eh?*

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

lol thanks for the correction

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Those darn Canadians ay?

cyberboo
3 years 8 months ago

The only Toronto fans you will see freaking out are the bandwagon fans that love to spew negative attitudes towards everything.  It appears that the Rangers won the bid and the real Toronto fans say congratulations.  It was sure a roller coaster of emotions all week, but you can’t fault a team for losing, when the winner bids a record amount on an unproven pitcher in mlb. If he succeeds and brings his game to the Rangers, they will have an excellent team.  If he gets hit hard, the Rangers management will be held responsible for another Dice-K situation.  Congrats again Texas and it will be interesting to see what Toronto does now to make the team stronger.

Jamie Sayer
3 years 8 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better, obviously if AA was in on Latos for so long he is serious about upgrading the pitching. A trade will happen soon.

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

The only issue is that as big as the Rangers are, I don’t think we can survive a Dice-k implossion.

pennypincher
3 years 8 months ago

Not many bandwagon fans for the Jays, but boatloads of bandwagon fans for AA.

Why can’t “Jays fans” be like you, act sensible and stop glorifying AA like the North Koreans do to their dead Dear Leader? 

Seriously, I’ve seen waaay too many comments about AA and idiots either crying when he stands pat or over-justifying every single damn transaction he does.

Casor_Greener
3 years 8 months ago

Thank You!!

And what’s so crazy is that a month ago people were saying he was doing the right thing by building with prospects and not signing big free agents.

Then they say he was doing the right thing by bidding $100million on a unproven pitcher. It’s obvious they will defend his every move.

Dude is a good GM, but his cult is getting out of hand. Pretty soonhe’ll haves

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

are you really confused by that concept? you build with prospects until you are ready to compete. you hold off prior to that because the production of big free agents would be meaningless and long-term success is impossible without a young core of talent to sign free agents around

this is not a new idea. you hold off on big free agents until you have the young talent. with a top 3 farm, the jays now have that and are beginning to look at possible big names

perfectly consistent

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

preposterous notion, Alex Anthopolous invented it.

MikhelB
3 years 8 months ago

Your point would be better understood if you cited at least 5 examples of organizations in the top 3 in terms of farm talent that have signed big free agents to make them competitive for an extended period of time (more than 5 years in a row).

John DiRienzo
3 years 8 months ago

are you serious? no really. are you?

Casor_Greener
3 years 8 months ago

HA!!  what’s so funny about all this, is that you and your ever present sidekick Lunchbox45 were the same two people ridiculing me when I said AA should go out and sign Prince Fielder!

You were both saying “he’s building with prospects, he’s not going to over pay free agents blah blah” yet here you are now saying they are ready to compete and should sign a high priced free agent. Not just any high priced free agent, but rather $100M on someone who hasnt thrown a pitch in MLB.

Tell me what changed in the last month. It was preposterous to spend $100M on fielder but now it would’ve made sense to spend the same on Yu Darvish

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

i’m sure plenty of people can confirm for you that my position on the jays has been that if they’re going to sign a big free agent, they have to sign two of them: a pitcher and a bat. signing fielder alone would be a mistake

the reason for this is exactly what i said above. if they only sign one, they aren’t contenders. but if they sign two and maybe make another trade, they’re in the hunt

if they signed darvish and didn’t acquire anybody else, i’d say the same things i said to you about the idea of just signing fielder. but i was expecting them to switch into hyper-aggressive mode if they signed darvish

so much for that

BooJays33
3 years 8 months ago

this is like getting slow rolled in a huge pot at the world series of poker.

its not his fault but this man will hear epic boos when he comes to visit toronto this summer.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

Why would we boo darvish? ? its a sealed bid auction and the team who wrote the biggest number down on the paper won..

no one is going to boo him

BooJays33
3 years 8 months ago

this is like getting slow rolled in a huge pot at the world series of poker.

its not his fault but this man will hear epic boos when he comes to visit toronto this summer.

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Depends on how long AA waits before scooping up Fielder now.

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Depends on how long AA waits before scooping up Fielder now.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

So much for all the rumors about the Jays gettin him…

3 years 8 months ago

hahahaha yeah!! IN YOUR FACE! IN YOUR FACE! IN YOUR FACE!

-Peter Griffin

3 years 8 months ago

hahahaha yeah!! IN YOUR FACE! IN YOUR FACE! IN YOUR FACE!

-Peter Griffin

CAD_Monkey
3 years 8 months ago

Lame

3 years 8 months ago

Wow! Jon Daniels sure was holding the cards close to his vest on this one.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Oh god here come the Blue Jays and Ranger trolls Im outta here.

renegadeisback
3 years 8 months ago

How do the Jays not bid higher than what Dice-K was posted for? SMH.

3 years 8 months ago

How do you know they didn’t bid 51.5? 

Ray R
3 years 8 months ago

That sound you hear is 1000’s of Jays fans diving into Lake Ontario…

3 years 8 months ago

they have that many fans?

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah…

Minorityfanbasewannabe
3 years 8 months ago

*Had. Lake ontario is not warm this time of year.

3 years 8 months ago

It’s warmer this time of year than it is in May actually.

3 years 8 months ago

It’s warmer this time of year than it is in May actually.

3 years 8 months ago

they have that many fans?

3 years 8 months ago

Rangers out of Gonzalez hunt, his value goes down

Jeff Neely
3 years 8 months ago

I expect it’s just the opposite.

Jeff Neely
3 years 8 months ago

I expect it’s just the opposite.

3 years 8 months ago

Rangers are obviously very scared of Albert

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

Not even close..

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

This doesn’t even make sense.  You’re obviously not a Rangers fan.  The Rangers reports have been saying they have had interest in Darvish for a long time.  Unless the Rangers knew the Angels were getting Pujols six montsh ago (LOL), then you’re wrong.

Jamie Sayer
3 years 8 months ago

Well, I guess this means theres more money for Fielder… (?) Ah well, I can dream. Now lets go trade for Garza.

3 years 8 months ago

Its not official…

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

It is official……Unless you don’t consider the MLB announcing it to be official……

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

It’s not official until Darvish knocks on my door and tells me himself that the Rangers won the bid!

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

He’s on his way, he just left my house.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 8 months ago

Does he speak Canadian though? I think I may need an interpreter.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

something you want to tell us John?

kräftig. entschieden
3 years 8 months ago

Probably means Rangers are out on Prince. The list of suitors dwindles.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

They needed Darvish more than Prince.

nodukes
3 years 8 months ago

YUUUUUUUUU!!!!!

Daniel Wesley
3 years 8 months ago

Interesting… but in the end I like it. More talent spread around the league means more parity and more parity means small market teams have a better shot of competing.

jumpsuitjohnny
3 years 8 months ago

“More talent spread around the league”? I don’t know if you noticed but the Rangers have been in the world series the last two years and have one of the largest payroles in the league, this is hardly spreading talent.

Daniel Wesley
3 years 8 months ago

They’re competing against an Angels team that just signed Pujols and Wilson… both teams are going to beat up on each other giving the Mariners and A’s a chance to finish a little higher up in the standings.

tacko
3 years 8 months ago

That’s not really how baseball works…

bobbygriffin
3 years 8 months ago

That was exactly the thought I had upon reading his comment…

bobbygriffin
3 years 8 months ago

That was exactly the thought I had upon reading his comment…

tacko
3 years 8 months ago

That’s not really how baseball works…

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

No, they’re just going to beat the hapless A’s and M’s further into oblivion.  Sorry but it’s kinda true.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Ummm…..I think each team can probably count on 25 wins just by beating up on the M’s and A’s.

Daniel Wesley
3 years 8 months ago

They’re competing against an Angels team that just signed Pujols and Wilson… both teams are going to beat up on each other giving the Mariners and A’s a chance to finish a little higher up in the standings.

nodukes
3 years 8 months ago

Actually, the Rangers had the 13th highest payroll last year…under $100 million…very middle of the pack.

3 years 8 months ago

Research, PLEASE!

2010 Rangers opening day payroll : $55.25M, 27th in MLB
2011 Rangers opening day payroll : $92.3M, 13th in MLB

The Rangers made it to the WS with a pathetic payroll the first time around, and very well could have done it again with nearly the same payroll, except for pay raises.

LordD99
3 years 8 months ago

The price of consistent winning is a rising payroll. 

LordD99
3 years 8 months ago

The price of consistent winning is a rising payroll. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago


very well could have done it again with nearly the same payroll, except for pay raises”.

those pay raises being Beltre?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

hahaha…yeah…those poor small market Rangers.

jumpsuitjohnny
3 years 8 months ago

“More talent spread around the league”? I don’t know if you noticed but the Rangers have been in the world series the last two years and have one of the largest payroles in the league, this is hardly spreading talent.

joeybw
3 years 8 months ago

I want to be happy that Darvish will not be in the AL East but now I can see the Jays jumping right into the Fielder chase.

PattySajak
3 years 8 months ago

Buzzkillington… No Yu Jays Baseball lmao

3 years 8 months ago

Not sure about you, but I didn’t see that coming.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 8 months ago

you missed out on an opportunity to replace you with YU. Would have been classic!

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 8 months ago

you missed out on an opportunity to replace you with YU. Would have been classic!

gocubs418
3 years 8 months ago

Damn…..I thought the Cubbies would win it….NOT.  Good move for the Rangers if they can sign him under 100 mil (w/ posting)

John McFadin
3 years 8 months ago

I doubt that happens.  Go big or go home, and you’re going to have to go big with Darvish.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

There’s a better chance of Hugh Hefner not having an STD than that