Yu Darvish is a 25-year-old Japanese pitcher that the Texas Rangers just paid $51.7 million to be able to negotiate a contract with. Darvish had been a member of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters since 2005. He has some pretty incredible stats, which you’ll find below. The Rangers lost a solid starting pitcher when The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim-Orange County-California-United States of America-Planet Earth-Milky Way Galaxy signed C.J. Wilson, but they could be getting a phenom like no other seen since…well, Hideo Nomo when he mattered? Daisuke Matsuzaka before reality set in? Hideki Matsui before the acne scaring? I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a player with this much hype, which is why it wasn’t surprising that the bid was so high.
Darvish instantly makes the Rangers dangerous. Texas now has a six-man rotation to choose from in Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz. While you have to wonder how Ogando and Feliz will hold up as starting pitchers, you have to think the Rangers know what they’re doing when they are converting…it worked out so well for Wilson, right? Well, due to this potential signing, how dangerous is Ogando as a setup man? If Feliz falters as a starter, can he take over closer duties again from the aging Joe Nathan? Nevermind the fact that the Rangers have some sexy pitching prospects in Martin Perez, Robert Ross, Neil Ramirez, Barret Loux and Miguel De Los Santos who are a month, year or two or injury away from taking over a spot in the rotation.
This signing is bigger than Pujols to the Angels. This is bigger than Reyes to the Marlins. This is a potential superstar for a team that was in the World Series and needed to get over the hump. The Rangers have the talent to win with the lineup that they have right now. Reyes isn’t going to solidify the Marlins holes enough to build them into contenders and Pujols isn’t enough to overcome an aging outfield and lineup featuring Torii Hunter and an overpaid Vernon Wells. Yu Darvish will have success. He’s had it in Japan, even more than Matsuzaka ever had. Just look below to realize the ace that was worth the bid.