Specific details of the Yu Darvish contract with the Texas Rangers have been a little hard to come by. We've heard that he's signed for six years, and we've heard that he's signed for about $60 million with another $10 million in possible bonuses, but beyond that, there hasn't been much.
This is something new, from Anthony Andro:
Yu Darvish can opt out of deal after five years.
Darvish was recently said to be seeking a five-year contract, while the Rangers were recently said to be seeking a six-year contract. The implication was that Darvish wanted to hit free agency sooner. Now it appears that Darvish has gotten his way, kind of. I don't know what the conditions are, or if there are any conditions, but there exists a way for Yu Darvish to make this a five-year deal instead of a six-year deal.
In the short term, it doesn't change anything. In the long term...well I don't really care much about the long term right now, so I'm not going to write about it.