While no one really knows how successful Yu Darvish will be in making the transition from Japan to Major League Baseball in the US, the Texas Rangers apparently were confident enough to shell out $51.7 million to earn the right to negotiate a contract with the Japanese ace.
Plus whatever contract agreement they end up reaching.
At that price, he’d better perform like a No. 1 starter.
The MLB announced Monday night that the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League informed the U.S. commissioner’s office that they have accepted the top bid for Darvish.
The Rangers will now have 30 days to sign Darvish to a contractor he goes back to Japan.
Considered the best pitcher in Japan, the strapping 6-foot-5 Darvish was 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA and a league-leading 276 strikeouts last season.
Perhaps the most interesting impact will be how the Rangers rotation shakes out with Holland, Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz already filling in a very good existing rotation.