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08:18 AM ET 01.17 | It's not every day a player wants less long-term security, but that, apparently, is what Yu Darvish prefers. Yahoo.com, citing sources, reported Sunday that the Rangers want a six-year commitment from Darvish while the 25-year-old pitcher wants only five years. The hitch would be that the Rangers would have to include language in the contract that would prohibit them from tendering him a contract, thus making him an arbitration-eligible free agent one year earlier than the typical six-year service time. ... The hitch is not expected to keep the Rangers from signing Darvish before the 4 p.m. CT deadline on Wednesday. Darvish is likely to receive between $10 and $11 million annually.

The Dallas Morning News

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January 17, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Are they for Real?

January 17, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Actually this sounds like a very reasonable contract. I understand the Rangers wanting an extra year given the fixed cost of the posting fee, but then there are no guarantees even a hybrid Darvish won't hit a wall in 3 or more years. Five years sounds about right, and the per-year price for a potential front-of-rotation guy isn't bad.

Yes, it is a risk. No risk, no reward.

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January 17, 2012  09:40 AM ET

I have never heard of an arbitration-eligible free agent in baseball. Is this something new in the new CBA?

January 17, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I have never heard of an arbitration-eligible free agent in baseball. Is this something new in the new CBA?

non tendering him, OK now I get it. Why the hell would the Rangers agree to that. They hold all the cards in these negotiations.

January 17, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

non tendering him, OK now I get it. Why the hell would the Rangers agree to that. They hold all the cards in these negotiations.

FWIW... Darvish can wait one more year and then enter straight free agency with no posting fee needed.

January 17, 2012  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I have never heard of an arbitration-eligible free agent in baseball. Is this something new in the new CBA?

non tendering him, OK now I get it. Why the hell would the Rangers agree to that. They hold all the cards in these negotiations.

January 17, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

FWIW... Darvish can wait one more year and then enter straight free agency with no posting fee needed.

I don't think he can. You need 9 years of service in Japan before you become a full fledged free agent.

January 17, 2012  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I don't think he can. You need 9 years of service in Japan before you become a full fledged free agent.

I read this yesterday. Can't remember the source.

January 17, 2012  10:54 AM ET

They can offer hom arbitration and if the player declines they get compensation picks. so if not arbitration eligible he would be worth more to a team that would not have to give up the pick.

January 17, 2012  11:27 AM ET

I like this arrangement. Shorter deal means it's on Darvish to look good towards the end of the contract, so they're more likely to get a year 5 "bump." Being arbitration eligible means he'll work his booty off so he'll be worth what he wants. Incentives = good. Borass-style contracts = bend over and take it like a prisoner.

January 17, 2012  12:47 PM ET

darvish would be the cheapest deal of all the free agents, if darvish wants 5 years deal then the rangers should give it to him, to the sick give whatever he wants!!

January 17, 2012  12:49 PM ET

after they do finish the darvish signing the rangers should focus in give a contract to fielder for 196 millions/7 years deal!!!!!

January 17, 2012  12:53 PM ET

the rangers are trying to make darvish confuse, 6 years deal but the offer still to little for darvish, so if darvish likes 5 years why not give to him? 5 years should be enough for the rangers to get out from this pitcher!!!

January 17, 2012  12:54 PM ET

the team in general, has being in talks with soo many free agents, but they haven't being able to make a big splash untill now!!

January 17, 2012  12:58 PM ET

the rangers refuse to give any good prospects for gio gonzalez, and they refuse to sign buehrle to a 4 years deal, the team refuse to trade for danks from the white sox,,, not that the franchise needs more pitching starters but pitching its never enough!!!

January 17, 2012  12:58 PM ET

so darvish should be the right pitcher to be added!!

January 17, 2012  12:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

the rangers refuse to give any good prospects for gio gonzalez, and they refuse to sign buehrle to a 4 years deal, the team refuse to trade for danks from the white sox,,, not that the franchise needs more pitching starters but pitching its never enough!!!

so the oriental pitcher could be the answer for the rangers fans!!!

January 17, 2012  01:01 PM ET

in reality, the free agent fielder should be the top priority in the rangers wishing list, but why they haven't done anything? the lentgh of the contract, and the amount of years that fielder its expecting its too long!!

 
January 17, 2012  01:02 PM ET

does napoli its very happy with his new deal with the rangers?? doubtfull!!

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