In what should come as a surprise to no one, Yu Darvish and the agreed to a contract just in time to meet the negotiating deadline. The deal will pay him $10 million a season through 2017, which is either a bargain, or the going rate for a front-line pitcher, depending on how you factor in the posting fee.have
Personally, I think that money is money, and since the Rangers now have to cut a check to the Nippon Ham Fighters for $51.7 million, I'll factor that into Darvish's salary, at least when we're talking about cost per WAR. On that front, assuming 5% salary inflation, he will need to be worth somewhere around 20 WAR for the life of the deal to justify the outlay, which is about whatand were worth from 2006-2011.
Can Darvish be Cole Hamels or Mark Buerhle? Only time will tell.