Wednesday, January 18, 2012. 4 PM Dallas Time.
The Yu Darvish deadline.
The Rangers have until the Wednesday deadline to sign Yu Darvish. Apparently Yu likes the Rangers professionalism and the Rangers like his...potential. The only real sticking point is the number of years on the table. The Rangers want six, Darvish wants five. It seems he wants to get into free agency sooner rather than later. Whatever. Five years seems like a long time away, although the older I get, the faster time seems to be slipping away.
The Rangers also met with Scott Boras and Prince Fielder on Friday.
I have a couple of problems with this. One, Scott Boras. I can't stand him. Two, if the Rangers sign Darvish and somehow mangage to sign Fielder, that probabaly means they don't get Hamilton, Napoli or Kinsler back. Kinsler has a club option for 2013 and I have to wonder if they feel he's worth $10 million. I love Josh Hamilton, but his injury history is a big consideration.
The Rangers do have that 20 year, $3 billion deal with Fox Sports Southwest. An extra $80 million a year won't hurt the ability to sign players. I just wonder how much is too much.
So where do you think Fielder will end up?