The Texas Rangers agreed to a six-year, $60 million contract with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish on Wednesday afternoon. The contract was announced just minutes before the 5 p.m. EST deadline to reach an agreement with the 25-year-old pitcher.
Don't get me wrong, under the circumstances, both sides had to get a deal done or they both would have suffered severe embarrassment.
The Rangers would have had to explain to their fans why they threw up over $50 million to talk to the kid and suddenly decided that he was too expensive. Darvish would have been labeled as a prima donna who only cared about money and was too good to play in a smaller market like Texas.
However, the Rangers made a mistake. While the Rangers did bolster a rotation that has lost Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson in back-to-back seasons, they could have made a better move...signing Prince Fielder.