Darvish, 25, is a young man who is being treated as a rock star in Japan.
He is living the life over there. The fame and everything that goes along with it has got to be on his mind when this decision comes, and he is probably thinking that it had better be a pretty penny that lures him away from what he has in his native country.
I don't know how he'll be treated in Texas, but what it could be similar to is the same way Chan Ho Park was treated.
There was a huge attendance every time Park pitched, mostly because of the Korean population in the Dallas/Fort Worth area would go watch Park pitch every five days.
That should be enticing; however, Park left a very bad taste in everyone's mouth. He was not good, at all.
There have been so many pitchers who came over to the majors and just have not panned out. Ryan knows this as well.
There are just too many factors that go against Darvish, and I just don't see how the Rangers could make a serious offer of more than $50 million.
That's as high as I see the Rangers going, and I think that anything else would be an insult.
I also don't see the Rangers signing him away from Japan. He only has to wait two more years and he can come over as an unrestricted free agent, and the money just won't be enough to come to a foreign land at 25.
He has got to feel some type of anxiety. He has to be nervous, and the only thing to calm those nerves is a huge paycheck.
If he waits two years, that is $51.7 million more in his pocket. Then he will get the $120 million all to himself, and let's face it, it's a good time to be a free agent.
Someone will always do something stupid and cave in to what the player demands. A good example is CJ Wilson. Pujols signing with the Angels put them $5 million over-budget every year for the next 10 years BEFORE Wilson signed. They're now over budget roughly $20 million for the next five years.
If Darvish waits, someone will pay him.