Winning the Rights to Darvish Changes Everything for Texas
Broke? Weren't there reports all over Major League Baseball that the Rangers were broke and helpless to counter the Angels drunk spending at the Winter Meetings?
No Rangers fans, your team is not broke. They were simply saving their cash for the pitcher they've wanted for years now.
A potential dominant force on the mound from Japan that Jon Daniels has personally scouted in addition to dispatching Rangers scouts to watch every game he pitched last season.
With a record setting bid of $51.7 million the Rangers have won the rights to Yu Darvish, considered by many to be the prize of the pitching market this offseason who would immediately replace CJ Wilson in the Rangers rotation if he comes to terms with Texas.
Now for the hard part, Daniels and the Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish projected to be in the range of 5 years and $75 million bringing the total investment in Darvish to a whopping $127 million.
In the unlikely event the Rangers are unable to sign Darvish he will go back to Japan for another season and the Rangers would be off the hook with the posting fee.
The addition of Darvish to the Rangers rotation opens up a world of possibilities for Texas.
They could keep everyone, move Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen and go into the season with a rotation of Darvish, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz.
They could trade one of the starters, like Harrison, in a package for another rotation improvement or to reinforce the bullpen.
The Rangers could even go the extra mile and completely counter the Angels moves from two weeks ago and sign Prince Fielder opening up trade possibilities with current first baseman Mitch Moreland.
My personal take is for the Rangers to spend the next few weeks adding some lefties to the bullpen, and move Ogando back to the bullpen giving the Rangers a rock solid rotation and lights out bullpen with Nathan, Ogando and Adams closing things out.
Now I get it, Rangers fans want Prince Fielder and I freely admit being one of those yelling the loudest to sign Prince and deal for a pitcher, but adding Darvish changes everything.
Not to mention the Blue Jays are likely to pivot to Fielder and they don't have to commit $130 million to Yu Darvish anymore so that's a bidding war Texas would have a disadvantage with.
Signing Darvish and adding a couple of lefties to the bullpen makes this Rangers squad a deep, powerful team from top to bottom that is ready to go up against any team in baseball.
Not bad for an organization that was rumored to be broke last week.