Texas Rangers: Team Trades Yu Darvish To Los Angeles

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 26: Yu Darvish
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 26: Yu Darvish /

The Texas Rangers send Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After what’s been going on with Darvish as of late, there’s no doubt that this trade was seen coming. The deal is done. There’s no going back.

Darvish, 30, is currently in the final year of his rookie contract that he signed prior to the 2012 season. He’s 6-9 with an ERA of 4.01 which is a career-worst. Furthermore, he’s currently on a five-game losing streak, which is career-high. The Texas Rangers are 2-10 in his last 12 starts. Darvish is coming off the worse start of his career where he allowed ten runs on nine hits in just 3.2 innings, with the Rangers going on to lose 22-10.

The Rangers acquire three Minor League players in exchange for Darvish. Willie Calhoun, Brendon Davis, and AJ Alexy. Dodgers’ prospect right-hander Walker Buehler for Darvish would have been a fair trade but Los Angeles doesn’t want to risk losing one of their best minor-leaguers. Regrettably, Rangers didn’t get what they were hoping for.

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According to Gerry Fraley, Calhoun was considered to be the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect. Davis and Alexy are 17th and 27th respectively.

MLB columnist, Jeff Passan is convinced that the acquiring of Calhoun is a good investment made by the Rangers organization. Calhoun is batting .298 with 111 hits, 23 home runs, and 67 RBIs. Furthermore, he has a .357 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. In other words, he’s playing good this season. In any case, he must keep up the good work. The chance of receiving a call up this season is unlikely, however, he may earn an invitation to next year’s Spring Training.

A.J. Alexy is an eleventh-round draft pick of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. The 19-year-old prospect is 2-6 this season, pitching at the Low-A level. He has 86 strikeouts in 73.2 innings, along with an ERA of 3.67 as well as 1.13 WHIP. According to CBS Sports, he’s got a strong throwing arm. However, he’s a long way from reaching the majors. In any case, he must continue improving. At the moment, he’s learning. He’s only one year out of High School.

Davis is a 20-year-old currently who’s also currently playing at the Low-A Level. He’s a 2015 MLB June Amateur draft pick. He’s batting .245 and has a .357 on-base percentage as well as a .403 slugging percentage. He, too, has a long way to go to reach the majors.

Darvish becomes a free agent at the conclusion of this season. While many hope for an attempt to bring him back to Arlington during free agency, it’ll be a tough task since Darvish is likely to demand a lot of money. Saying goodbye to Darvish is very tough for Rangers fans to do. While the trade doesn’t look fair, the Rangers picked up a few players they can develop for the future.

As far as the trading working out or not, we just have to wait and see.