The Texas Rangers would like to find a way to bring back free agent Yu Darvish, but don’t look for general manager Jon Daniels to break the bank.
“The Rangers will be in contact with agent Joel Wolfe, but the Darvish price tag will have to tumble,” writes Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Darvish was a four-time All-Star for the Rangers before being traded away to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the July 31 deadline. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 3.42 career ERA and is viewed as the top starting pitcher available on the free-agent market.
Darvish is in line for a big payday, but there is some question as to whether his struggles in Games 3 and 7 of the World Series (eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings) will negatively affect his price tag. ESPN's Keith Law doesn't think so, ranking Darvish No. 1 among his Top 50 free agents.
Darvish enjoyed his time in Texas, which could count for something. “His stuff can be ace-worthy. The Rangers know him well, and he knows them,” writes Wilson.
Wilson adds the Rangers “covet” free-agent right-hander Alex Cobb, who had a 3.66 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and would come at a more reasonable rate than Darvish.
-- Doug Mittler