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Wow. Never thought the $51.1 million bid the Red Sox made five years ago for Daisuke Matsuzaka would be topped. But in swooped the Texas Rangers, who won the latest Japanese sensation Yu Darvish with a $51.7 million bid, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan.
The Rangers have 30 days to make a deal with Darvish, otherwise he is returned to his team in Japan.
This is a win for the Red Sox, if only because the Blue Jays were heavily rumored to have posted the winning bid on Darvish. So instead of facing Darvish five or six times a year, the Sox will only have to see him once or twice.
The AL West will be a must see division this year with Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson with the Angels, and now Darvish in Texas, assuming the sides can make a deal.
Matsuzaka wound up signing a six-year, $52 million deal. It will be interesting to see what Darvish gets from Nolan Ryan and the Rangers.
Darvish seems to be more of a pure power pitcher than Matsuzaka and also looks to have a sturdier physical presence. But how will he fare in the Texas heat?
And for all of Matsuzaka’s detractors, if Darvish can pitch the next two years like Dice-K pitched his first two years for the Sox, the Rangers have themselves a pretty good pitcher. Their goal is to make it last a lot longer than that.
There are still issues to be worked out on a trade that would send third baseman Mike Lowell to the Rangers for Max Ramirez.
Peter Gammons, who left ESPN last week and will soon be working for the MLB Network and MLB.com, speculated on Twitter that Lowell might need left thumb surgery. A source confirmed to MLB.com that left thumb surgery is indeed not out of the realm of possibility for Lowell. With that in mind, the Rangers will give Lowell a physical in Texas before signing off on the deal. If it turns out Lowell does need surgery, it will be up to the Rangers to decide if they still want to make the trade.
If not, both sides could go in other directions. Lowell’s physical has not been scheduled yet, as both teams continue to study up on medical reports for the two players involved in the deal.
In other words, we are in a holding pattern here.
The Red Sox and Rangers are deep in negotiations about a deal that would send Mike Lowell and cash — as in a substantial portion of Lowell’s $12 million salary — to Texas for Minor League catcher Max Ramirez. But Rangers general manager Jon Daniels emphasized several times Thursday morning that the deal has not been completed.
Here is a transcript from the discussion Daniels had with the media.
“Both clubs understand where the other one is and what we’re looking to do. At the same time, we’re also both looking at alternatives and what our options are as we kind of go through the process. “I don’t really have anything specific to give you guys but I think some of the reports of how close it is might be a little bit overstated.”
Specific obstacle to complete the deal, “I think there is always different layers to these things but both clubs are kind of evaluating. I think the general parameters are understood but both clubs need to decide whether it’s the right fit.”
Any chance of Lowell physical before deal is done? “Premature for me to say that.”
How long to decide? “I don’t know, I don’t want to put a time-table on it.”
Reports on money, six to total, “There’s a financial component to it but I’m not going to address that specifically.”
Agreement on how to handle finances, “I’ll just say that the general parameters of the deal are relatively understood. Both clubs know what’s on the table and we’ll continue to talk here and work through it.”
Holdup? “We’re not at that stage. But in any deal, a review of the medicals is part of it.”
“As Boston has, there’s a lot of moving parts. Sometimes it’s beneficial to take a half-step back and evaluate things.”
One team or another as further down the road? “Both clubs are looking at it.”
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein departed Indianapolis on Thursday morning and was unavailable for comment.