Rangers Post Winning Bid for Yu Darvish

According to multiple reports, the Rangers record-high posting bid of $51.7 million has been accepted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters for the rights to negotiate a contract with Yu Darvish.

Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers have confirmed the reports.

The Rangers have 30 days to work out a contract with Yu Darvish … who is expected to sign a deal similar to the one C.J. Wilson just inked with the Angels (five years, $75 million).

With the Rangers presumed to be out of the market for a starting pitcher, the Cubs lost a potential trade partner for Matt Garza … if he is indeed available.

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  • jw

    Rangers get Darvish Cubs get Dorey…that’s all you need to know about where the Cubs are headed The only reason to go after Fielder is to keep the interest level up while the team is re-constituted…my guess is it won’t happen…someone is going to overpay and it won’t be the Cubs

  • Hoosierboy3423

    I actually think the fact that we lost out on Darvish means they will turn all their attention to Fielder, the Cubans and other starting pitching.  Kinda glad the Darvish thing is over. Kinda think they were waiting on this to decide where to go. Time to get down to business.

  • Dorasaga

    First of all, why is this piece of info. even got an entry/headline on a Cubs site? LOL

    Well, I don’t know what those Arlington beat writers said, but HoFer Nolan wouldn’t pay CJ $75 million. Why would he pay Yu $75M? Maybe after we deduct 52 from 75, ok… Darvish got a 23M for five years and a bunch of perks like first-class tickets, free massage and therapist (no tips necessary; they go Japanese style), and box during games.

  • Tony_Hall

    Here is an article that tries to give a better idea of Darvish’s worth and risk.


    ZiPS, which can translate Japanese players based on how previous players coming from Nippon Professional Baseball have fared, projects Darvish to go 13-7, with a 3.51 ERA in 2012, which is good for 4.3 WAR (wins above replacement). Just 25 years old, Darvish would be one of the youngest pitchers to come over from Japan, so ZiPS expects Darvish to maintain that level for a few years before the natural uncertainty of pitchers starts bringing those expectations downward.

    • Dorasaga

      I have no doubt that Darvish is ready to contribute. But like Bill James said: we fail when we try to project pitcher’s overall stats like ERA. There are just too many noise and non-pitchers’ factors that go into an ERA.

      I wouldn’t be surprised that ZiPs does a better job in composite stats like BB9 or K9, though.

      • Tony_Hall

        I agree, but still an interesting read.

        I posted another article on the current thread at the end about how we ended up with this posting system. I would love to know your take on the system, and how it is perceived in your neck of the woods.