Why Yu Darvish is special

Posted on by Jeffrey

Over the next 30 days Yu Darvish and his agent will be negotiating a contract with the Texas Rangers who paid a record 51.7M to the Nippon Ham Fighters for the right to negotiate with Darvish. If Darvish and the Rangers can’t come to terms, the Nippon Ham Fighters don’t get the money and Darvish doesn’t play in the US in 2012. People speculate that Darvish will ask for 75M over 6 years and that is where a lot of debate has arisen. There is no doubt Darvish is a great pitcher but is he that great. At more than 125M over 6 years (if you include the negotiation fee) Darvish will be the third highest paid pitcher in the US, higher paid than last years Cy Young Award and MVP winner, Justin Verlander.

It is clear he has been the best pitcher in Japan for the last several years. While I was in Japan, I had the opportunity to see Darvish pitch for Nippon Ham a bit on TV. He is that great. I would say he is, or at least will be after getting used to his new surroundings, a top ten pitcher, in the world. He’s 6’5″, 220lbs and at the age of 25 he has youth on his side; bringing athleticism and durability to a position that previous Japanese pitchers lacked. Darvish also boasts a bevvy of pitches.

• 90-96 MPH 4-seam fastball
• 90-93 MPH 2-seam fastball which resembles a shuuto, a pitch throw by some Japanese right-handed pitchers that tends to break down and in against right-handed batters
• 90-92 MPH cutter
• 85-ish MPH horizontally breaking slider
• Low 80s downward-breaking slider, which looks more like a power curve
• 65-70 MPH curveball

All with excellent movement according to Japanese baseball expert Patrick Newman in an interview with Grantland. Yu Darvish has pretty much dominated the NPB (Japanese Baseball League). From 2005 to 2011, he went 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA and 1259 strikeouts. He has helped his team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters reach the Nippon Series (the Japanese equivalent of MLB’s World Series) three times 2006, 2007, and 2009; the Fighters won it in 2006.

Between his athleticism, championship experience, and pitching prowess, Darvish is worth every cent. Pitching wins championships and the Texas Rangers will win with Yu Darvish.

[via Grantland, ESPN, Wikipedia]


12 comments for Why Yu Darvish is special

  1. I want to know what happens if Yu does not sign with Texas, he goes back to Nippon Hamm Fighters for how long?

    Is it just one year? Or does he have a contract with the Hamms that is longer than that?

    Thank you very much.

  2. The way it works is that the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish have 30 days to reach an agreement (Until Wednesday 5pm). The agreement can be for any length and any amount of money.

    If they can’t reach an agreement, Yu Darvish goes back to the Fighters for a year and the Fighters don’t get the 51.7M. Then next year the process starts all over from the beginning.

  3. Thank you-so he has to be posted again next year, or does he become an un restricted free agent and can negotioate with any team he choose’s?

    Thank you.

  4. If the Ranger’s don’t sign him, he will have to be reposted later in 2012, towards the end of this year’s season and the posting process begins all over again. Once his contact with the Fighters ends (I think there is two years left), Darvish will be a free agent, free to negotiate with any MLB team.

    The deadline is 5pm ET today (Wednesday). Sources say a deal will get done.

  5. I’m a Seattle Mariner Fan, and I hope that Texas does sign Yu, as that might take Texas away from signing Prince Fielder- I would hope that Seattle could sign Fielder ( long shot, I know).

    Thanks for your in put here. I’m book marking this page, and will check in time to time.


  6. No problem!

    My team, the Tigers, just lost their second best hitter Victor Martinez, for the season; I too hope we can sign Fielder. Haha.

    Good luck to your Mariners!

  7. In all reality, I’d rather see Detroit sign Fielder- I don’t want to be saddled with an albatross of a contract for 8 years-we have too young of a team to be going all in on a guy like that-

    I think that the LA angels will be very sorry that they signed Pujols to such a long contract-especially when you see that he was trending down in all his numbers for the last 3 years-and he could be older than 31- who knows coming out of the Dominican?

    Thanks- the M’s have a long way to go-

  8. I think we could trade you a backup catcher to replace Vmart-

    How about Olivo for Inge-you got a 3rd baseman coming up soon :)

  9. Ha! Olivo. Ha!

    I don’t disagree with your statement regarding Pujols and from what I’ve read the Rangers may still add Fielder. The Mariners are going to be at the bottom of the West for awhile.

  10. Yes, perhaps until the Astros come-I think we could be better than Oakland too-and I’m not completely sold on the Angels.

    We’ll see how the young guys gel-Ackley, Smoak, Carp, Montero, and a few others will be interesting this year…

  11. Well your team the Tigers sure went out and grabbed the Money Man-

    You gotta be the favorites in the Central-way to go!

  12. Yeah! I’m really pleased. We needed a bat with the loss of Martinez for the season. I hope Prince will be happy in Detroit. I don’t know if you know this but he grew up in the Tigers organization while his dad was playing for us. A lot of people in Detroit remember stories about him hanging out in the clubhouse and hitting homeruns before the team would take batting practice. Prince’s return to Detroit is kind of a feel-good story for the city.

Leave a comment

Comment with your username or create one if you don't have one!

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>