During the regular season, the Texas Rangers sent Yu Darvish to Los Angeles. As a member of the Dodgers, Darvish found himself making it to the World Series. Unfortunately, the Dodgers didn’t secure the title. Even worse, Darvish struggled in the World Series.
With Darvish struggling in the World Series, earning two losses and finishing with an ERA of 21.60, his free agent market value certainly goes down. It’s currently unknown if the Texas Rangers have plans to try to bring back to Arlington. However, there’s no doubt if they have a chance to re-sign him, they’ll definitely take it.
According to Evan Grant, Darvish said that after he was traded, he realized that Rangers fans truly cared about him and it helped him have fun to play baseball again. He even admitted that he “paid too much attention to criticism” which affected him and even affected his relationship with teammates.
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Darvish seems interested in staying in Los Angeles, though he may have talks with the Rangers. If the Rangers have the chance to undergo contract negotiations with Darvish, they’ll have their hands full just like when they first negotiated with him back in late-2011 and early 2012.
One thing can be certain and that’s Darvish asking for a deal at least four years probably around the $100 million range. He should understand that his performance in the World Series is against him and it’s going to have organizations shake their head at him regarding some of his possible demands. Darvish is a free agent for the first time in his career, so this is sort of new to him.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram believes Darvish returning to Arlington is possible because since the Rangers know Darvish and he knows them. However, Darvish has expressed his desire to return to the World Series. That probably makes things more difficult for the Rangers in their plans to re-signing Darvish. If they have plans to try, that is.
Bringing him is certainly a difficult task. But certainly not a task that is impossible to complete.