Rangers win bidding for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish

The Texas Rangers have won the bidding for Japanese starter Yu Darvish with a bid of $51.7 million, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The bid narrowly beats the Red Sox bid of $51.1 million for Daisuke Matsuzaka back in 2006. The Rangers now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish otherwise he will go back to Japan and they will not have to pay the posting fee.

The Yankees were said to have submitted a bid at the last minute, but it fell short of the Rangers record setting bid. They scouted the Japanese star for at least the past two years, but presumably didn’t see him as a front of the rotation starter that warranted a likely $100 million contract including posting fee.

Right now this looks like a bad move for the Yankees because they failed to capitalize on a unique opportunity to bid on a extraordinary talent. However, they may look smart in the end if he is a bust or is slow to adapt to the majors leagues.

Now that the Yankees have missed out on Darvish, take a look at the 10 pitchers left to target here.

What do you think? Did the Yankees miss a great opportunity or are they playing it smart?

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5 Responses to Rangers win bidding for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish

  1. John says:

    Playing it smart. Too much for a guy with no Mlb time

  2. Gonzalo says:

    It has been an amazing offseason for us, so frustrated.

    No starters, no lefty reliever, no 4th outfielder, no right bat. I don't want to see anybody calling me spoiled fan because I'm not asking for Wilson, Mike Gonzalez, Carlos Beltran and a trade for Latos but It has been nothing.

  3. John says:

    Cant argue with you Gonzalo. I just think they shouldnt overpay. Just me

  4. NYYFanInTheATL says:

    Guys…there is a reason why Cashman is holding right now. Here are just a few of the names on the 2013 free agent list: Hamels, Liriano, Cain, Grienke, Danks and Marcum! Guys with options include: Haren, Floyd, Hudson, Shields and E Santana.

    That is a buttload of talent!!! Imagine a rotation of CC, Hamels, Cain, Nova and Manny B!!

  5. Bronx_Knight says:

    I'm with NYY Fan. Starters are hard to come by this year, but next year promises to be a bumper crop. Let's not forget that Cashman is operating under orders to trim payroll to $189 million by 2014. The posting fee for Darvish was $50M, and people think that he will want a 5-year, $75 million contract. That comes to $125M for five years, CC Sabathia, number-1 starter money. First, although Darvish has excelled in Japan, he has not done so here, so it's doubtful whether he is objectively worth that kind of money. More importantly, given his existing obligations to CC, A-Rod, and Jeter, it gets harder for Cashman to trim payroll to $189 million if he adds a $15 M per year tab for a number 2 or 3 starter.

    The Yankees will be competitive this year even if we don't get another top starter. Then next year we can go full force after some of the outstanding free agents.

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