Sunday, February 19, 2012
Yu Darvish among big spring storylines
By Richard Durrett
ESPN.com's Jayson Stark goes through his most intriguing storylines for spring training and puts Yu Darvish in the top-5. Here's what he wrote:
4. We'll Be Seeing Yu: One American League general manager made a startling observation about Yu Darvish recently. It isn't just the Rangers' season that will be riding on this guy's expensive right shoulder. It's the future of all Japanese pitchers in the good old U.S. of A., if not the future of Japanese free agents of all sizes, shapes and positions. And you know what? He's right. If Darvish's eye-popping talents get lost in translation in even a remotely similar way to the disappointment that Daisuke Matsuzaka devolved into, do you really think any big league team is going to fork over another $50 million posting fee to travel down this trail again? We doubt that seriously. So we're sending out this memo to No. 11: It's all up to Yu.
Click here to see where Stark has the Rangers ranked among "improved" teams after the offseason and his AL storylines (the AL West is certainly a major player).