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Yu Darvish | Starting Pitcher | #11

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance on 1310 The Ticket on Monday that the club is open to in-season extension talks with Yu Darvish.
Nothing appears imminent, but there's no deadline for talks at the end of spring training. "Where we left [it] is that either side can privately open it or raise it at any point," Daniels told Norm Hitzges of 1310 The Ticket on Monday. "No set deadlines or anything like that. The lines of communication are open, and the relationship is very good. That's a great starting point." Darvish, 30, can become a free agent after the season. If he stays healthy, he could be one of the top names on the open market this winter. Mar 21 - 9:39 AM

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Yu Darvish was on point in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Reds, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out six.

The Reds hit up Darvish for solitary runs in the second and fifth innings, but he was otherwise able to keep the scoreboard clean. He has pitched well this spring, having now struck out 17 over 12 2/3 innings. So long as he can maintain his health, he offers an upside fantasy arm.
Mar 18 - 6:49 PM

Yu Darvish whiffed six across 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Giants on Monday.

Darvish gave up four hits and walked a pair, but as he often does he was mostly able to get out of trouble due to the strikeout. The right-hander holds a 3.38 ERA with 11 punchouts over eight innings this spring. Darvish will be entering his walk year this season.
Mar 13 - 10:53 PM

Yu Darvish allowed two earned runs in three innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Rockies.

Trevor Story popped him for a two-run homer in the first inning. Darvish gave up four total hits and issued two walks, though he did also strike out three. The right-hander carries massive fantasy value into the 2017 season after returning from Tommy John surgery to post a 3.41 ERA, 1.116 WHIP, and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings (17 starts) for the Rangers in 2016.
Mar 7 - 5:48 PM

Rangers owner Ray Davis said Tuesday that the club "would love to have" Yu Darvish stay with the team for the long-term.

It's pretty much exactly what you would expect an owner to say. It sounds like extension talks haven't been ruled out during the season, but Davis mentioned that he doesn't want to go over the luxury tax. This doesn't mean Darvish won't be returning, but it could be tricky. Darvish owns a 3.29 ERA with 11.3 K/9 over his first 100 starts in the majors. He was strong in his return from Tommy John surgery last year, and could cash in big with a dominant 2017.
Feb 28 - 3:46 PM

Yu Darvish tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames in his first spring start Sunday versus the Royals.

Darvish yielded just one hit, and it was a two-out bunt single in the first inning by Raul Mondesi. He walked two but struck out two in the steady afternoon outing. The 30-year-old right-hander should be ready to return to fantasy-ace status in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. He registered a 3.41 ERA, 1.116 WHIP, and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings (17 starts) for the Rangers in 2016.
Feb 26 - 4:51 PM

Yu Darvish will make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.

Darvish was originally scheduled to start on Saturday, but the change isn't health-related. Martin Perez is now slated to pitch the spring opener on Saturday.
Feb 22 - 2:24 PM

Yu Darvish is starting the Rangers' first Cactus League game on Saturday.

Darvish is expected to miss some time in camp with his wife due to give birth in March, so he's getting an early start. This is a big year for Darvish, who is going into the final season of his six-year, $60 million deal with Texas. He posted a 3.41 ERA and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings last year in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 21 - 11:47 AM

Yu Darvish plans to re-incorporate his split-finger fastball this season.

Darvish abandoned the pitch last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery because it can create stress on your arm, but he'll begin to mix it back in this year. The righty threw the pitch just five percent of the time pre-surgery. "I was kind of astonished when he threw it (in a bullpen session Friday)," Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said. "I waited a long time after my Tommy John surgery before I threw it again, but I don't have his delivery. He throws it correctly and uses a bit of his wrist so not all of the pressure is on his elbow in that pulling down motion. It's a little looser. And this guy, if there is any chance of hurting himself, he's not going to throw it. I'm comfortable with it."
Feb 17 - 4:34 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News said the Rangers haven't had "any serious conversations" with contract-year right-hander Yu Darvish.

Grant described Darvish as "very open" to discussing a five or six-year extension in the range of $30 million per season, but so far there hasn't been much headway in negotiations. There was some speculation the Rangers were saving up to make a run at Japanese ace/slugger Shohei Otani next offseason, but it's still unclear when he'll make the move to MLB. Darvish will likely hit the open market if the Rangers can't work out a deal before the end of spring training.
Feb 3 - 9:54 AM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team has opened extension talks with Yu Darvish.

Per's T.R. Sullivan, the sides have had "a couple of conversations" but nothing serious. Darvish is entering the last year of a six-year, $56 million deal but is more focused on pitching than his contract negotiations. "It's not about my contract," said Darvish. "I want to see how my body reacts and how I do." Darvish went 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA last year in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 21 - 11:26 PM

Yu Darvish confirmed Friday that he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Darvish was limited to just 100 1/3 innings in 2016, after missing the entire 2015 season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. The right-hander noted that it's too risky for him to be pitching in key games so early in the season. The 30-year-old is entering the final season of his contract with the Rangers.
Jan 20 - 7:47 PM

Yu Darvish served up a career-high four home runs and gave up five runs over five frames in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Darvish essentially made only one mistake through the first four frames, allowing a two-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki. The wheels came off in the fifth, however, as Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Edwin Encarnacion all ripped solo home runs. Darvish will need the Rangers to climb out of a 0-2 hole if he wants to make another start this postseason.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 05:17:00 PM

Yu Darvish was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Rays, punching out 12 over six innings of one-run baseball.

He allowed just three hits and a walk in the impressive outing. The only blemish on his night was Evan Longoria's RBI double in the sixth inning. Darvish finishes the regular season with a 7-5 record, 3.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings. With Darvish and Cole Hamels atop the Rangers' rotation, they look like a team that no one will want to tangle with come playoff time.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 11:34:00 PM

Yu Darvish twirled seven shutout innings Saturday in a win over the Athletics.

He finished with nine strikeouts while limiting the A's to two hits and one walk. Darvish was lights out from the opening pitch. At one point he retired 11 batters in a row with four strikeouts during that stretch. The only hits he allowed were singles. It was a nice bounce-back effort for Darvish after getting pounded for seven runs in his last start, which also came against Oakland. Darvish will toe the rubber one more time before the playoffs Friday against Tampa Bay.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 08:17:00 PM

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