Ok so the Texas Rangers finally got their man, as Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish signed a 6-year, $60 million deal to play in Arlington.
Add in the $52 million posting fee the Rangers paid to talk to Darvish for a month, (= $1.7 million per day) and that makes a grand total of roughly $111.7 million.
That’s a lot of dough to pay for a pitcher with zero MLB experience, but the Rangers really had no choice in the matter after letting CJ Wilson walk into the arms of the division rival Angels.
The Rangers are gambling on Darvish, just like the Yankees and Red Sox did with Kei Igawa and Dice-K.
Can Darvish rewrite recent history by being the same dominate pitcher he was in Japan?
That is what the Rangers are counting on, but they are not alone.
Darvish was obviously the difference maker for Schoenfield when he wrote that… Darvish is expected to be the ace of this team.
The fact is no one can accurately judge an unproven, foreign pitcher’s worth before he ever steps on a MLB mound.
Maybe Schoenfield also forgot the huge risk that comes with Japanese pitchers. Or maybe he didn’t know that 25-year old Darvish has thrown 200+ innings in his last four seasons in Japan and just signed with a team that completely shuns the use of “innings limit.”
Since Darvish is the first expensive toy for the new Rangers ownership, easing him without implementing an innings limit is something Texas needs to reconsider about.
How Phil Hughes Could Help?
So, that leaves options of sending one arm to the bullpen, and another out-of-town.
It is no secret that the Yankees GM Brian Cashman has thrown Burnett’s name around town, but unloading him with 3-years and $33 million left on his deal is not so appealing. Unless the Yankees want to eat a ton of the money, and get a sub par player in return, it looks like Burnett is here to stay. I like Burnett so that is fine with me.
Hughes would be a cheap option for a team to pick up with his $3.2 million salary. Even though Hughes legitimacy as a starter remains questionable, he has proven solid out of the bullpen.
With the Rangers rumored to be moving closer Neftali Feliz to the rotation, and with Matt Harrison and Derek Holland having both thrown 200 innings in 2011, grabbing Hughes might not be a bad idea if something doesn’t work.
A lot of things need to happen a certain way for the Rangers rotation to gel, so an inexpensive backup plan already in place might be what keeps them competitive in the AL West down the stretch.
Hughes might be the Rangers saving grace in waiting, while also eliminating a spot on the Yankees overcrowded roster.
Oh and FYI…. ESPN’s Sweet Spot should never have ranked the Texas Rangers as one of the top five rotations heading into the 2012 season. That is unless ESPN ranks off presumptions and completely disregards statistical facts.
- New York Yankees: Phew, Rangers Got Yu (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Texas Rangers News (rattleandhumsports.com)
- Thinking about Yu Darvish (minorleagueball.com)
- New York Yankees Hot Stove: Why Yu Do Not Belong In The Bronx (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Rangers put their faith, and money, in Yu (mlb.mlb.com)
- You: Darvish, Rangers reach 6-year, $60 million agreement (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- Rangers expect to sign Darvish as deadline looms (tsn.ca)