Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish
Today's position: Starting pitching
For the first time in a long time in Texas, starting pitching is not the club's top priority. In fact, if you consider the team went into the Hot Stove season needing a catcher, power-hitting first baseman, left fielder and closer (though that's something that will likely come internally), starting pitching is way down on the list.
But there's a difference between being down on the list or not on the list at all. Daniels and the front office know all too well that pitching is always on the list.
Texas rolls into the 2014 season with a starting rotation set to go, barring injuries. And that last part is the biggest reason why starting pitching is still on the list. Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Martin Perez and Alexi Ogando are penciled in as of this moment. But the Rangers have to assume an injury will pop up. They just don't know which pitcher will experience it and when it might happen.
Last offseason, Harrison signed a long-term deal and ended up making two starts before troubles began. He had surgery to repair back troubles and also a procedure to relieve a thoracic outlet syndrome issue in his non-throwing shoulder. He should be fully ready by the start of the season and he has talked about how he's hungry to get back out there. But losing Harrison, an 18-game winner, for effectively the entire 2013 season was proof that pitching rarely goes according to plan. Colby Lewis was supposed to be back in June and never pitched in the big leagues last year. Injuries forced young starters to join the rotation sooner than expected.
So don't be surprised if the Rangers look to shore up some depth. They could attempt to grab the biggest starting pitching prize -- David Price -- via trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. But that deal would likely have to start with Jurickson Profar, and at this point the Rangers have him manning second base in place of Ian Kinsler, who was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder. But there are others. What about Jeff Samardzija? He's got two more years of club control and while he's coming off a season where he didn't meet expectations, he's got the ability to do something. Perhaps his value would be such that a deal could be made. At this point, the Cubs, according to reports, still haven't given up on signing him to an extension. We'll see.
Masashiro Tanaka is still playing the waiting game to see how the posting system shakes out. According to the New York Post, MLB is proposing a cap of $20 million on bids. If that's the case, what if the Rangers jumped in at that price (as would other teams)? It hasn't been decided what happens if several teams each bid that amount, but it's possible that Tanaka would get to choose the team with which he would negotiate. The fact that Darvish is in Texas and that the Rangers are contenders couldn't hurt. It just makes me wonder. Stay tuned. He may still command more than the Rangers will want to pay.
Texas could look at some short-term options on the free-agent market, though it depends on whether they can find nice value. They've already signed Lewis to a minor league deal and hope that he can come back and provide some depth at some point in 2014. They aren't afraid to take some risks on injured pitchers, though Josh Johnson is already off the board. Trades are always a possibility, and as we saw with the Nationals last night in acquiring Doug Fister, even a solid middle-of-the-rotation guy can become available. Some of you have asked about Ervin Santana. Yes, he's available. And he's a middle-of-the-rotation guy. But at his price point and with his inconsistent history, he's likely too much of a risk, if you ask me?
For it to make sense for the Rangers to grab some starting pitching, they either sign some value arms that can provide depth at spring training and in the minors to guard against injuries to the rotation or they swing for the fences (yeah, if you're going to use a cliche, use one that's at least in the same sport) and go after a huge name.
We'll keep one eye on the starting pitching market next week. Price is intriguing in that he would make that entire rotation even deeper, allowing the club to have Ogando as the sixth guy, waiting when needed. And can you imagine Price and Darvish starting the first two games of a playoff series? Again, it would take a major deal to get Price, but the Rangers have the assets to do it. You never know.
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A few things to be thankful for today if you're a Rangers fan (I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty, so feel free to add in the comment section):
* Yu Darvish. We've talked at length the last year about the Rangers' ace and I was one who wrote about his lack of success in close games and how he needs to go to that next level. But I wrote that because I believe that Darvish is capable of winning multiple Cy Young Awards. He has the stuff to be a tremendous pitcher for a long time. He's just not there yet. Be thankful he's in a Rangers uniform.
* Multiple options. The Rangers are a fortunate team in that they have resources to stay contenders for a long time. They've got an ownership group willing to spend money, a front office that is one of the best in the game and a minor-league system that allows them to compete with any team on the trade front. Most teams can't say that.
* Ron Washington. I know some of you don't like Washington's in-game strategy, but take a look around and ask yourself how many managers have the type of clubhouse the Rangers have now? How many clubs have teams that play as hard as the Rangers? The manager deserves credit for that.
* Adrian Beltre. He's one of the best defensive third baseman in the league and a leader in the Rangers clubhouse. He's fun to watch on a nightly basis and part of the heart of this club.
* Ian Kinsler. Yep, I know many of you were critical of Kinsler. But the bottom line is that he helped this team and was a key contributor during the best years in franchise history.
* Starting rotation. How many teams can claim to have their five scheduled starters for 2014 under contract for at least the next few seasons? If you throw Alexi Ogando into that mix, you're talking about a rotation that should stay intact for a while, barring injuries. Martin Perez was the latest starter to join Darvish, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison in long-term deals.
* Prince Fielder. The Rangers needed a big bat and got one in the 29-year-old left-handed hitter. They had to give up Kinsler and spend some money to do it. But the club has a power-hitter for the middle of the lineup, something the offense sorely needed.
* David Murphy. He's now in Cleveland, but he was an integral part of the team and clubhouse as the team went from the bottom of the AL West to the top. And from a media perspective, he was always available and willing to give fans a sense of the mood of the team.
What are you thankful for as a Rangers fan?
Darvish had an MRI and an exam that showed his improvement. He received an injection near the end of the season to help with the inflammation.
"This is the news we were hoping for,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “Our training staff will continue working with Yu to strengthen his core and avoid any future issues. He should have a normal offseason and ramp up to spring as he otherwise would have."
Darvish finished second in the American League Cy Young balloting in 2013 after leading the league in strikeouts with 277, an average of 11.89 per 9 innings. He had the lowest opponent batting average in the AL at .194.
Today's player: Max Scherzer
It seems impossible that the Detroit Tigers would consider trading Max Scherzer, who beat out Rangers ace Yu Darvish for the American League Cy Young Award announced Wednesday night.
But the Tigers might be willing to listen to offers for a pitcher who went 21-3 to win his first Cy Young. Scherzer is a free agent at the end of the 2014 season. Detroit might be looking to cut payroll, and Scherzer has Scott Boras as an agent.
Basically, the Tigers have a decision to make.
Boras told ESPN.com's Jerry Craznick on Wednesday that Scherzer is open to talking about a contract extension. Clients of Boras have been more willing in the last two years when it comes to agreeing to extensions -- see Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and his $120 millon deal.
Still, if Scherzer is in fact available, don't the Rangers have to at least make a pitch? The Tigers will want a big haul of prospects, but the price for Scherzer may be less than say Tampa Bay's David Price, who the Rays are expected to try to deal this winter, with the Rangers considered to be among the favorites.
Scherzer could be a nice alternative.
Why he makes sense: If the Rangers are going to add pitching, acquiring a No. 1 or 2 starter via a trade is the way to go. The free agent market leans heavily to hitters. Scherzer would have to be right there with Price as the guy to go after -- if he's available. Scherzer, 29, has several great seasons left in him after a breakout campaign that saw him go 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA.
Why he doesn't make sense: Because the price will be high and it would be a shock if the Tigers dealt him. Scherzer would fit perfectly in the Rangers' rotation. It's just a question of whether Detroit really wants to trade him.
Bottom line: Acquiring Scherzer at first glance seems like a long shot. But if the Tigers truly want to listen, the Rangers have to inquire.
"It was an honor to be a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award," Darvish said in a statement from Japan and released by the Rangers. "Both Max Scherzer and Hisashi Iwakuma had tremendous seasons. Max is a very deserving winner. I would like to thank my teammates, the entire Texas Rangers organization, and most of all, the fans, for their on-going support. I look forward to the 2014 season and helping my team to achieve our goal: to bring a World Series championship to Texas."
Darvish is expected to return to the United States next week so that the Rangers' medical staff can examine him. Darvish received an injection at the end of the season to help with a nerve issue, but general manager Jon Daniels said the reports on Darvish's health have been good.
By finishing second, Darvish can opt out of the final season of his contract if he wins the Cy Young in the next three seasons or finishes second through fourth in two of the next three seasons. Darvish’s current contract goes through 2017 with him making $11 million that season (the highest annual value during the life of the contract).
Darvish’s solid 2013 season wasn’t enough to vault past Scherzer in the Cy Young voting. Not only did Scherzer have more wins than any other pitcher and the top WHIP, he was near the top in just about every other key metric.
Darvish had a strong case, too. He led the league with 277 strikeouts, a whopping 11.89 per nine innings. Opponents hit just .194 off Darvish, the lowest average in the AL. It’s worth noting that while Darvish managed just 13 wins, his team scored about two fewer runs per game than the Tigers did for Scherzer.
But Darvish also wasn’t able to hold some leads late in key games for the Rangers and his team didn’t end up making the postseason, which didn't help his cause. The bottom line: His overall resume just wasn’t quite as good as Scherzer’s in 2013.
Darvish's second-place finish is the highest by any Japanese pitcher in Cy Young history.
Once again, though, Darvish had a solid season as the Rangers’ No. 1 pitcher. If that continues, Texas will need to negotiate a new deal no later than after the 2016 season.
The museum houses about 100 items of memorabilia from Darvish's career. According to The Japan Times story, that also includes the glove and uniform from a no-hitter that Darvish threw in 2004.
Darvish returns to Arlington in about a week so the Rangers can check on his health. General manager Jon Daniels said last week that the reports on Darvish are good and that he hasn't needed any more injections to deal with a nerve issue.
Today's player: Masahiro Tanaka
The Rangers would love to pair another front-line starter with Yu Darvish, and there is an opportunity to go back to Japan for that pitcher. His name is Masahiro Tanaka.
Much will be said about Tanaka in the coming weeks. Unnamed scouts will say he's better than Darvish. Others will say he's not. It's up to the Rangers and other clubs bidding for Tanaka to decide if he's worth $100 million or even more two years after the Rangers spent $110 million on Yu Darvish. Well spent dollars we might add.
Tanaka had a superb regular season in Japan, going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan's Nippon Professional baseball league. One American League scout that covers the Pacific Rim said Tanaka has one of the best split finger fastballs he's ever seen. Tanaka is a strike thrower.
But overall Tanaka isn't considered to have the talent or the flair of Darvish. Do the Rangers put up big dollars for another Japanese pitcher and get involved in the posting system and the bidding war that could ensue. That's a decision general manager Jon Daniels and Co. will have to make in the coming days and weeks.
Why he makes sense: The Rangers signing of Darvish has been a success and Tanaka looks to be another talented pitcher who should do well in the major leagues. The success of Hiroki Kuroda and Hisashi Iwakuma also lends credibility to the ability of Japanese pitchers to make the transition to the big leagues where lineups are deeper. Tanaka to go with Darvish, Derek Holland, Martin Perez and Matt Harrison would give the Rangers one of the top rotations in baseball.
Why he doesn't make sense: The bidding for Tanaka could and likely will be higher than for Darvish. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks are considered to be potential suitors. Tanaka is considered to be a No. 3 starter -- maybe a No. 2. That could be to high a price to pay when a No. 1 starter, such as David Price, is expected to be on the trade market.
Bottom line: The Rangers should pass on Tanaka and go after Price. From the talk in the media, it appears the price will surpass what they paid for Darvish. The Rangers would be better off spending their free-agent dollars on offense.
Jon Daniels’ focus: helping his team score runs.
The Rangers scored 730 runs in 163 games in 2013, their lowest average per game (4.48) since they moved into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. They scored 78 fewer runs than in 2012. Since Daniels became GM, the Rangers scored at least 784 runs before 2013. So it was quite a drop-off.
“More or less we’ve been telling clubs our short-term needs are more on the offensive side,” Daniels said late last week. “We have some depth in a couple of areas organizationally and at the big league level. We’re open to different ideas.”
Daniels knows his team needs more production at first base. They need another outfielder, assuming Nelson Cruz declines the club’s qualifying offer as expected Monday afternoon, and they’ve got to figure out what they’re doing at designated hitter.
One position the Rangers will get calls about: middle infield. They’ve got a surplus there at the major league level with Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar ready for every day play with just two spots available. The Rangers will consider any and all options to alleviate that logjam, including trading one of those players. What about having someone change positions? Logically, that would be Kinsler, something the club broached last offseason, but didn’t act on.
“It’s something we have not discussed with the players yet," Daniels said. "It’s premature. We don’t know 100 percent what options may present themselves. I think obviously if we get to that point, we’ll talk to the players first. We’re not there yet."
Of course, Daniels won’t rule out another pitcher. Despite having four of the club’s five starters -- Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Martin Perez -- under contract through at least 2016, Daniels knows pitching depth can be tested in a hurry (as evidenced by injuries last year).
“If the right pitcher is there, I’d never rule that out either,” Daniels said, knowing offense is the priority. “It’s about adding impact players where you can.”
Daniels has stressed that he’s not out to “win” the offseason. He won’t allow a disappointing season to force him to react too strongly and get into contract situations that risk handcuffing the club in the future. But it’s a big opportunity to improve the club with some resources in the minor leagues to dangle in potential trades.
Stay tuned. It should be another interesting offseason to watch.
Darvish is one of three finalists for the 2013 American League Cy Young Award, announced Tuesday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Darvish is a finalist along with countryman Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. The AL Cy Young winner will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Darvish led the big leagues with 277 strikeouts and had a 13-9 record with a 2.83 ERA. He led the majors with 11.32 strikeouts per nine innings and had an AL-best .194 opponents batting average.
Darvish was one of three finalists for last year's AL Rookie of the Year award won by outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.
Detroit's Max Scherzer is the runaway favorite to win the award because of his 21 victories. The Rangers' Yu Darvish will pick up significant support and likely finish among the top five in the voting.
Darvish is one of the top five pitchers in the American League, and the Baseball Writers' Association of America is expected to back that opinion. He had a major league-leading 277 strikeouts and flirted with a perfect game in April and a no-hitter in August. Yet Darvish's 2013 season will be remembered for what could have been.
Is this fair?
Let's try to decide over the next week, starting with Darvish's win total. We'll look at his major league-leading strikeout total -- and what that means -- and then his tough-luck losses before the voting is released next week.
The case against Darvish on whether 2013 was a successful season begins with his win total. I know, I know, many of you believe a pitcher's win total is overrated. It will be the case made against Scherzer and for his teammate Anibal Sanchez, who had a league-leading 2.57 ERA to go with 14 wins.
But this is about Darvish.
He won 13 games and lost nine in 32 starts for a Rangers team that finished one victory from making it to the postseason and five games behind the Oakland A's in the AL West. The Rangers were 17-15 in Darvish's starts. If that total had been 18 or 19…
Fourteen American League pitchers won more games than Darvish. Oakland's Bartolo Colon had 18 wins. Ex-Ranger C.J. Wilson had 17 wins for the Angels. Baltimore's Chris Tillman had 16. R.A. Dickey, who played on a bad Toronto team, and Darvish's countryman Hisashi Iwakuma, who played for a mediocre Seattle club, each won 14 games. That's just a glance at a handful of pitchers.
Say what you want about the value of wins as an important stat for pitchers. Those who say it's an overvalued statistic can point to only one starter on the World Series champion Boston Red Sox who won more games than Darvish: Jon Lester, with 15 wins. The Red Sox were 19-14 in Lester's starts. That's not that far off from what Darvish produced in one fewer start.
Still, 13 wins is a total that falls under expectations for a pitcher of Darvish's caliber. Most of us penciled in 18 wins or more for him before the season started.
Yes, Darvish lost a record four games by 1-0 scores. And give him some credit. In the 10 starts in which he recorded a no-decision, he had a 2.98 ERA.
Rangers manager Ron Washington asks one thing of his pitchers -- keep his team in games. Darvish did that. The Rangers were 5-1 in his six September starts. As Darvish pitched with a back injury, his team won games, even though he went past six innings in just two of those starts.
Does Darvish's win total diminish his season? Sound off and let's hear your opinion.
He completed his season in Japan by snapping a 26-game win streak Saturday. Tanaka, the ace of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, threw 160 pitches in a 4-2 complete-game loss to the Yomiuri Giants. That means Game 7 of the Japan series will be played today.
Tanaka was 26-0 this season (including the postseason) going into Game 6 and had won a record 30 consecutive decisions dating back to August of last year. The 25-year-old had a 1.27 ERA in the regular season in 28 starts (212 innings) and allowed just six home runs. In his career in Japan, Tanaka has 99 wins with 1,238 strikeouts (and 275 walks) before his Game 6 start.
The Rangers have scouted Tanaka, but they don't have the interest in him like they did Darvish.
(A quick plug: As the Hot Stove season heats up, we'll be profiling a bunch of potential free agents and trade candidates for the Texas Rangers starting Wednesday.)
When the 2013 season began, it was time for the baseball world to see what Yu Darvish had learned after his first year in the big leagues. He came over from Japan with plenty of fanfare as his every move was chronicled in 2012. And after making some adjustments and learning from his mistakes in the first part of the year, Darvish finished with a flourish. He was one of the top pitchers in the game in the final two months of 2012 and went into the offseason with some momentum.
His first start of the 2013 season was in Houston against the Astros in the second game of the year for Rangers. And right away, it was clear Darvish had all of his pitches working. His fastball was electric and his slider, a pitch that Nolan Ryan said is Darvish's best and one of the best in the game, was flummoxing Astros' batters. But Darvish could throw whatever he wanted. He had the slow curve and the harder curve. He changed speeds. And he got plenty of swings and misses.
Darvish just kept rolling through the Houston lineup. He had 14 strikeouts, setting a career-high. And 12 of those came on that devastating slider. He struck out the side twice (in the second and fourth innings). Until the ninth, the only stressful moment came in the eighth inning, when Darvish ended up in a full count against Chris Carter (only his fourth of the game). After Carter fouled off three pitches, he struck out.
In the ninth, with everybody around baseball watching -- and Darvish trending on Twitter, of course -- Jason Castro grounded out to short and Carlos Corporan bounced out to second. That brought up Marwin Gonzalez, the No. 9 hitter, with history on the line. Darvish was one out from becoming the 24th pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game. He was also one out away from throwing the second perfect game in Rangers, 19 years after Kenny Rogers did it at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
But Gonzalez hit a first-pitch fastball through Darvish's legs and into center field to break up the perfect game and no-hitter. Darvish, who threw 111 pitches, was immediately removed since it was his first start of the season and the Rangers didn't want to tax his arm. So Darvish ended up with a one-hitter in a 7-0 Rangers win.
Darvish was disappointed after the game, but still happy with the effort.
"I went as far as I could go, and that was satisfying," Darvish said through interpreter Kenji Nimura.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski said after the game that Darvish threw seven different pitches and showed great command. And Pierzynski thought he was going to catch another perfect game. He also caught Philip Humber's perfect game with the Chicago White Sox in 2012.
"You get to that point, and you think it's going to happen," Pierzynski said. "It just wasn't meant to be."
The Rangers' division title hopes took a significant blow on a Wednesday afternoon in early September in Oakland with Yu Darvish on the mound. Texas was routed 11-4 by the A's that day.
It created a firestorm of questions about whether Darvish, in his second season in the big leagues, truly is ace material (a ridiculous notion, but one that was put out there).
Let's look back.
The Rangers held a one-game lead in the American League West after splitting the first two games of a three-game series against Oakland. That set up a Wednesday afternoon showdown on Sept. 4 between Darvish and A's rising young star right-hander Jarrod Parker.
The day was a disaster for Darvish. He gave up a two-run home run in the first inning to Brandon Moss after a two-out walk, immediately putting the Rangers behind 2-0. He walked two more A's in the second and allowed another run as the Rangers fell behind 3-0. Darvish gave up another two-run home run to Daric Barton -- his third long ball in 130 games -- in the bottom of the sixth, and the rout was on.
Darvish's final line was very un-Darvish like. He walked a season-high six batters. He matched a season with five runs allowed. Darvish, who led the majors in strikeouts, fanned only four A's, equaling a season low. He lasted five innings, his shortest start of the season.
And there was more. Darvish walked away from pitching coach Mike Maddux during one mound visit. Darvish and starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski also had a heated exchange at one point. Pierzynski came out toward the mound and Darvish appeared to wave him away in frustration.
Darvish said after the game that he had no problems with Pierzynski. The Rangers didn't take any chances with Darvish's psyche. Geovany Soto, not Pierzynski, caught the rest of the Darvish's starts.
"When you're competing, you can't put a certain feeling on something you see out there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of the Darvish-Pierzynski exchange after what was the biggest loss of the season to that point. "People are competing. I thought nothing of it myself."
The bigger deal was the AL West race was even. The Rangers talked boldly at the time, but they were on their way to being done in the division.
"We lost two out of three. We're even," Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said after the game. "There are  games left, and we need to win one more than they win. There's nothing really more to make of the series. They beat us two out of three. We play them again at our place. There are a lot of games in between."
The Rangers followed that Wednesday loss in Oakland by losing nine of 10 games and basically losing the division title, falling 6 1/2 games behind the surging A's with 13 games left.
Darvish's struggles against the Rangers' current main division rival continued. At least from a losing standpoint. Darvish allowed a run in seven innings -- this time opposing Bartolo Colon -- 10 days later on Sept. 14 in Arlington. Darvish was ace-like with 10 strikeouts and one walk, but a first-inning run was too much for the Rangers to overcome.
It was Darvish's second consecutive 1-0 loss and record-setting fourth of the season, and still the ace questions came up. Darvish is 1-6 with a 4.30 ERA in seven lifetime starts against the A's.
Fair or not, it leaves some questions for Darvish to answer about being an ace in 2014.
Today’s question: Do the Texas Rangers have enough rotation depth?
That's provided general manager Jon Daniels doesn't pull a stunner and trade either Holland and Perez -- that seems highly unlikely -- and that Harrison is 100 percent recovered from two back surgeries that limited him to only only two starts in 2013.
That leaves the Rangers needing a fifth starter. Is that guy Alexi Ogando? We've already discussed Ogando's situation in this series. The mere fact that Ogando was on the disabled list three times last season should make the Rangers pause and put the lanky right-hander back in the bullpen where he belongs.
Which means the Rangers are back to needing a fifth starter. Does that pitcher come from within the system, via trade or in free agency?
Let's start with the system. The Rangers are likely to bring back their own free agent, Colby Lewis, who spent all of last season trying to recover from elbow surgery and other ailments. Lewis is 34, the Rangers' best postseason pitcher of all time and deserves another chance with the team. But he can't be counted on in any way. If he makes it, that's a bonus.
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