The Texas Rangers have committed something like $60 million to Yu Darvish over the next six years. They're also now on the hook for that $51.7 million posting fee. All told, the Rangers are pouring a lot of money into this thing, where by "this thing" I mean "this pitcher." I don't want to sound racist.
So now there are questions. How good will Yu Darvish be? Will Yu Darvish be worth the substantial investment? What does Yu Darvish think about ponies? Dustin Parkes at Getting Blanked tackles the first question, and then tackles the second question. I haven't seen anybody tackle the third question, which is weird. Guess I need to check out more equine blogs.
Parkes, towards the end:
Wins remain the only thing that brings bigger crowds to the ballpark.
So, yes, if everything goes well, Darvish will bring his share of those to Texas. However, it’s very possible that those wins could have been purchased with a far less costly investment than the one that has been made in Yu Darvish.
Read it all if you have the time. If you don't have the time, wow, you are really busy, you must be the president.