The historic price of Yu

Updated: January 19, 2012, 9:29 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Yu Darvish is the most expensive right-handed pitcher in baseball history.

Not that he's receiving all of that money, of course. The Texas Rangers are paying a $51.7 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters, and on top of that, Darvish is getting a contract of six years and $60 million, which means Texas' total investment in the pitcher is $111.7 million.

This sum is significantly below what the New York Yankees agreed to pay CC Sabathia ($161 million) when they signed him three winters ago and less than what the Philadelphia Phillies will pay Cliff Lee. There are some contractual bells and whistles and salary deferrals that can distend the appearance of what is actually paid out, but from the perspective of the player's union, here are the biggest deals: