December 19, 2011

Texas Rangers win posting auction for Yu Darvish with reported $51.7 M bid : The Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights with Darvish, but the process is just beginning between the sides. The team now has 30 days to work out a deal, which reportedly could cost the Rangers up to $90 additional million.

posted by tommytrump to baseball at 11:58 PM - 7 comments

I don't know where the "additional $90 million" number comes from. That would be a ridiculous offer to make to a player without a single season in the majors.

It's usually close to a 1:1 ratio (posting:contract), so I expect the Rangers to offer $50million over 5 years.

posted by grum@work at 12:59 AM on December 20

I admit to not knowing a ton about it but it really seems to me like someone is cleaning up on this whole posting auction thing. I'm sure the Rangers will end up as satisfied with this as Boston did.

posted by feloniousmonk at 01:10 AM on December 20

Darvish is good--closer to the real thing than Matsuzaka was. But it is still buying a pig in a poke. While there are quite a few major league quality batters in the Japanese leagues, there are even more of minor league quality.

That would be a ridiculous offer to make to a player without a single season in the majors.

Let alone a player who has never thrown a single pitch in a major league game. Still, Tellum is probably going to demand the moon and the stars--and he'll probably get it. Go figure.

posted by billinnagoya at 02:00 AM on December 20

Seems like just a year ago the Rangers were bankrupt, now they are throwing money around like this? Things change in a hurry. I have serious doubts this investment will pay off the way they hope.

posted by dyams at 07:14 AM on December 20

The Texas Rangers have an enormous TV deal worth $3 billion over 20 years ($150 million a year).

posted by rcade at 08:01 AM on December 20

I have to say I'm happy the Blue Jays didn't win this. I'll be even happier if they don't spend the money on Fielder.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:07 AM on December 20

I hope Cliff Lee's wife doesn't tell Darvish that the shopping is better in Philadelphia.

posted by beaverboard at 09:59 AM on December 20

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