The Texas Rangers bid exactly $51.7 million to win the opportunity to negotiate with highly sought after 25-year-old Japanese right-hander, Yu Darvish. Wow. Remember when Theo Epstein and friends bid a hair over $51 million just to score a date with Scott Boras and the notoriously out-of-shape, slow-working, predictable walk machine that is Dice-K? At the time, it was a foregone conclusion it would be either the big bad Yankees or Red Sox who would wind up with his services. That was the expected end result for nearly every perceived “big prize.”
Well it appears that the two horse race between Hogan and Savage for the hottest chick in the room is over. More and more teams are diving in head-first with briefcases full of cash, and that actually makes this whole process infinitely more fun for baseball fans. About two weeks ago the Angels dropped a little over $325 million in the span of a day to win the hearts of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, and last night the Rangers shelled out a ridiculous sum just to secure a 30-day negotiating window for a pitcher who could very well fall somewhere between Dice-K, Hideki Irabu and Kei Igawa, and we all know how fun of an experience that can be. I greatly look forward to watching this one from a distance for a change.
It’s important to note that the astronomical posting fee will only be paid should the Rangers and Darvish reach an agreement. However, if they do reach an agreement, and they will, Texas will find themselves loaded with starting pitching as they already have Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, and Neftali Feliz, who is expected to join the rotation next season.
[Via L.A. Times; photo via Getty]