As spring approaches the free agent market is still filled with valuable players, one of them being starter Yu Darvish. However, the Texas Rangers are reportedly falling out of the Darvish sweepstakes.
According to Jon Morosi, the Texas Rangers have likely moved on from free agent starter Yu Darvish. General manager Jon Daniels is staying in touch with Darvish, but it is unlikely the Rangers land the righty.
Darvish, 31, spent his first four seasons in Arlington before being traded mid-way through his fifth season. The Rangers traded Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package of prospects that included Willie Calhoun.
It was a smart move by the Rangers who were falling out of contention at the time. The organization knew Darvish would likely head to free agency and they wanted to at least get something in return for the four-time All-Star.
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Darvish lives in Texas and Jon Daniels wants to still stay in touch, but a deal between the two is improbable. Daniels does not believe the Rangers are going to sign any upper-end starting pitching at this point.
There have been reports of Darvish asking for a seven-year deal worth $150 million or more. Those reports were never confirmed by Darvish, but it seems like a realistic asking price. The last couple of years pitchers with similar talent to Darvish have been able to land deals of that size or larger.
The Rangers have already filled the holes in their rotation and are just going to add depth. There is always a chance Darvish returns to Texas, if his price drops significantly. Otherwise, Rangers fans better prepare to be without Darvish in Arlington.