I am a firm believer in the the Doug Melvin School of Contracts for Pitchers. Don't ever go long-term if you can avoid it with a pitcher. Good health and consistent success from a pitcher is the rarest, and most sought-after, commodity in the sport.
The Rangers decided to throw the Melvin theory out the door when they finalized a six-year, $60 million contract for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish today. A press conference will be today, and Yu should be in town this week. With the posting fee of $50 million the Rangers paid for his rights, this total deal is about $110 million.
(Is it just me or is Yu Darvish pretty? Like Leo DiCaprio from Titanic pretty ... )
All of this cash for a rookie MLB pitcher who does not speak the language, has never lived here, etc.
No way around this but this deal is a massive risk.
No way around this but these are the greatest times in the history of the Texas Rangers. They are at the top of the baseball world, for the right reasons. Adding Yu Darvish just adds one more ring of interest to this franchise.
Excitement seldom wins games in August, and October. Winning games from April 1 to Sept. 30 has not been this team's problem in each of the last two years.
From a cash standpoint, Yu's arrival should generate revenue that this club never has before overseas, and establish an even greater footprint in the states.
From a baseball standpoint, this deal only works if the Rangers win the World Series and he is a contributing member to the cause. Yu has to be a celebrity ace that this team currently lacks.
I do not like six years for any pitcher because they so seldom workout. If Yu is a consistent 15 game winner in four of his six seasons here, call it a good deal. If he's more than that and the Rangers can close out the World Series, it's a smashing success.
I don't like this deal, but ... too late now. Enjoy it - the Texas Rangers just landed Yu.
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