Rangers, Ham Fighters and Darvish coming.
So Yu Darvish of the Nippon Ham Fighters and his agent have told the world that he plans on being posted and pitching in the United States next season. The Rangers are expected to be one of the teams who bid on him.
Remember the Red Sox had to pay $51 million to secure the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Then they had to sign him to a six-year, $52 million deal. So the price of Darvish could soar over $100 million
Here is this from MLB Trade Rumors:
The posting period will last four days, and the winning team will have a 30-day exclusive negotation period with Darvish and his representatives Don Nomura and Arn Tellem. If a contract agreement cannot be reached between Darvish and the winning team, that team will be refunded the total of the posting fee.
The Rangers having lost out on C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle, are still investigating trade possibilities. While at the Hilton Anatole, they have asked about Gio Gonzalez of the Athletics, Matt Garza of the Cubs and John Danks of the White Sox. All would require significant prospects, which would seem not to make sense for a team that is just trying to upgrade rather than fill a hole.
Darvish will only require money. Lots and lots of money