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Rangers' 5-year plan to sign Yu Darvish

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08:37 AM ET 01.22 | A few minutes after 7 p.m. Friday in the Rangers' Hall of Fame room, general manager Jon Daniels gathered his prepared notes and nervously began his internationally broadcast introduction of the most intriguing signing in the club's history. The night that was supposed to be about Yu Darvish, however, began with an impassioned "thank you" to the Rangers' scouting department and ownership group. "The work our scouts did - their diligence, their passion and their willingness to put in time - allowed us to comfortably make a recommendation to ownership," Daniels said. "And our scouts' effort and creativity was matched only by our ownership group." It was appropriate. The road to Darvish was a five-year odyssey that cost far more than just the $106.7 million the Rangers spent on his six-year contract. It essentially required the creation of a new branch of the scouting department. And it required convincing owners who came from the oil and gas business that this exercise was not mere wildcatting but was more likely to produce results.

Dallas Morning News

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January 22, 2012  09:18 AM ET

I think Daniels misunderstood Nolan Ryan when Ryan told him this ceremony is ???supposed to be all about Y(o)u???

January 22, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Yu,me,everybody!!!

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January 22, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Sounds like a well thought out plan that all came together for the Rangers.

Of course it all goes down the toilet if it turns out he sucks.

January 22, 2012  12:06 PM ET

I HOPE HE IS A BUST AND RANGERS WASTE ALL THAT MONEY WHEN THEY SHOULD OF JUST SIGNED PRINCE

January 22, 2012  01:05 PM ET
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I HOPE HE IS A BUST AND RANGERS WASTE ALL THAT MONEY WHEN THEY SHOULD OF JUST SIGNED PRINCE

The reality is ... the Ranger's don't need Prince nearly as much as Boras wants the Rangers to need Prince. The Ranger's have power and other players that need to be signed over the need for Prince. Besides, just like AP, he wants too much for too long. Whether he's a bust or not is irrelevant now ... he's a Ranger and with Nolan as team prez ... you can damn well bet he'll get the best training for pitching in the MLB ...

January 22, 2012  01:41 PM ET

HES GETTING PAID LIKE HE THE BEST PITCHER IN THE LEAGUE

January 22, 2012  05:40 PM ET
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HES GETTING PAID LIKE HE THE BEST PITCHER IN THE LEAGUE

you have to paid for what you get,,, can't expect pay less for a top pitcher, the rangers use the scouting report in the last 5 years in darvish, so al in all the rangers didn't pay him too much of the money, they did the right choice but every excecutive in the texas organization and the owners, have to understand that this was its and will be, the cheapest deal in history, the rangers can cry all they want, but this deal was fair for both sides!!

January 22, 2012  05:42 PM ET

the rangers should know, every deal, every imvestment has their advantages, and disadvantages, sometimes you would win, and sometimes you would lose!!!

January 22, 2012  07:47 PM ET
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the rangers should know, every deal, every imvestment has their advantages, and disadvantages, sometimes you would win, and sometimes you would lose!!!

Are you saying Darvish isn't FDIC insured?

January 23, 2012  05:05 AM ET

TRUE DAT ! These Japanese imports for the most part, have a history of unfulfilled expectations.

 
January 23, 2012  07:51 AM ET
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The reality is ... the Ranger's don't need Prince nearly as much as Boras wants the Rangers to need Prince. The Ranger's have power and other players that need to be signed over the need for Prince. Besides, just like AP, he wants too much for too long. Whether he's a bust or not is irrelevant now ... he's a Ranger and with Nolan as team prez ... you can damn well bet he'll get the best training for pitching in the MLB ...

Pitching lessons from Nolan AND two unknowns...some guys named Greg and Mike Maddox....

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