After a record posting fee, it took 30 days for Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers to come to terms. An agreement was reached yesterday, meaning the Nippon Ham Fighters will be collecting that $51.7 million and the Rangers have a new ace. Darvish, 25, signed a 6 year/$60 million deal bringing the total cost for his services to over $111 million.
While there is an incentive-based opt out after the fifth year, the Rangers have locked down Japan’s premier pitcher for what should be his prime playing days. The addition of Darvish offsets the loss of C.J. Wilson to the rival Angels and should keep the Rangers very competitve for the next several seasons after consecutive World Series appearances. For fans of Japanese baseball, it will be compelling to see how Darvish competes against MLB players. Will he have the success on the level of Hideo Nomo? Or will he be a disappointment like Daisuke Matsuzaka? Either way, all eyes will be on Yu Darvish this April.