On Wednesday January 18, 2012 the Texas Rangers signed 25-year-old Japenese pitcher, Yu Darvish. Darvish agrees to a 6 year, 60 million contract. This means he will get an average of about 10 million each year for 6 years. That is a lot of money. Buster Olney with ESPN the Magazine said, “Yu Darvish is the most expensive right-handed pitcher in Baseball history.” Now we will just have to wait till the season starts to see what he’s got and to see if he can handle this Texas heat.
What is next for the Rangers? Rangers have also been meeting with Prince Fielder this month. Fielder is a 1st baseman with a salary of about 15 million last season. But the Rangers also have to keep in mind, their own Josh Hamilton will be a free agent after the 2012 season is over. Josh is loved by many Ranger fans and has played for the Rangers since 2008, 4 years now. Hamilton’s salary last season was about 8 million.
Now that the Rangers have Yu, what can they afford to do now? Can they afford Fielder too? or both Fielder and Hamilton? Will the Rangers offer Hamilton a contract extension? Only time will tell.
UPDATE: Prince Fielder signed a 9 year contract with the Detroit Tigers for 214 Million. Now we are still waiting to see what the Rangers will do with Josh Hamilton.