Why the Yu Darvish Trade Was Great for the Texas Rangers

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 21: Yu Darvish (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 21: Yu Darvish (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

The trade deadline is officially over and the trade rumors can finally come to an end for now. Starter Yu Darvish was traded, and it was a fantastic move for Texas.

Until the last 10 minutes of the deadline fans and expects were skeptical that general manager Jon Daniels would get a deal done for Yu Darvish. The Texas Rangers may have pulled off the best trade of the deadline.

According to Sam Butler the Rangers received outfielder Willie Calhoun, pitcher A.J. Alexy, and infielder Brendon Davis for Darvish. MLBPipeline.com has those players rated as No. 2, 19, and 29 in the Dodgers farm system.

The Rangers were able to land three prospects in the Dodgers top 30 for one player. Not just one player, but a 30-year-old injury prone pitcher with one-year deal and heading towards free agency.

This trade was an absolute steal for the Rangers. It sounds like Darvish did not want to re-sign with the Rangers which led the team to pull the trigger. He wants to see what all the teams have to offer in free agency.

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None of the players acquired will be heading to Arlington just yet. The Rangers have assigned Calhoun to Triple-A, and Alexy and Davis to Class-A Hickory. As of right now it looks like Calhoun is the closet player to joining the Rangers.

This season Calhoun is hitting .298 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 99 games in Triple-A. The 22-year-old has a chance to be a September call-up if he continues this trend. The Rangers will have Calhoun work in the outfield, but he has experience at second base as well.

In regards to the current 25-man roster the team has called up pitcher Nick Martinez to take over for Darvish. It’s obvious no Rangers fan wanted to see Darvish go, but this was a great return. The Rangers should be excited about the future because it’s beginning to look bright in Arlington.