Japanese stud pitcher Yu Darvish and his representatives, Don Nomura and Arn Tellem, gave the Texas Rangers 30 days to negotiate a deal. Exactly 30 days later, the Rangers have agreed to give Darvish $60 million over the next six years. Including the $51.7 million posting price, the Rangers paid a total of $111 million to sign the highly sought-after 25-year-old.
“The Rangers have always shown the most interest in him for years, and have established a real connection with him and his family,” said Tellem. “You hoped they would be the ones to win the posting bid for him, and when they did, he was absolutely thrilled.”
Darvish finished his last season in Japan with a 18-6 record, 1.44 ERA, 276 strikeouts, and just 36 walks in 232 innings. Texas will need Darvish to adapt quickly after losing both Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson over the past year.
[via New York Times]
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