Rangers fully committed to arms race

By signing Yu Darvish, Texas proves it will do whatever's necessary to improve pitching

Updated: January 18, 2012, 11:59 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

For parts of four decades, the Texas Rangers have been the big leagues' version of a beer league softball team.

No more.

This franchise, from top to bottom, finally understands that winning championships is about pitching -- not a never-ending string of majestic homers.

General manager Jon Daniels and CEO Nolan Ryan have been moving the Rangers in that direction for years.

Now, the shift is complete.

Reaching an agreement with pitcher Yu Darvish on a six-year ...

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