When I woke up this morning, I started to work through two possible posts for this evening.
In the first, I planned to explain to everyone that it’s okay that the Rangers didn’t get Yu Darvish. Being upset is perfectly natural and everyone will experience disappointment in their lives. Besides all that, Jon Daniels isn’t so foolish as to let the Darvish deadline come and go without having a backup plan and a backup plan for that backup plan.
This team will be fine without Yu Darvish. They will keep getting better. They will keep pressing toward the ultimate goal.
They will just have to do it without Yu Darvish.
Of course, that post will never exist because, with about 10 minutes to spare, the Rangers and Darvish finalized a deal for 5-years (with an option for a 6th) at about $10MM/y. That money will be about as taxing to the payroll as CJ Wilson would have been, but Darvish is 6 years younger with a lot more upside.
To say that I’m excited is an understatement.
Yu is here and he’s ready to join a rotation that will likely include Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Neftali Feliz, and Matt Harrison. Alexi Ogando will probably find himself in the bullpen with Scott Feldman, Mike Adams, and Joe Nathan.
If the Rangers go to Spring Training exactly as they are, it could probably be considered the best Texas team to go into a season since the team moved to Arlington. It really is a great time to be a fan and I look forward to early April when this thing really gets rolling.
For now, though, enjoy D-Day.
Speaking of April, ESPN released their Sunday Night Baseball schedule and the Rangers will be featured 3 times in 2012, as many times as the Yankees and once more than the Red Sox & Phillies.
Texas will be in the first SNBB broadcast of the year on April 8th (against the White Sox), on April 29th (against Tampa), and on May 13th (against the Angels). All three games will be in Arlington.
It’s a great thing anytime the Rangers get equal billing with the Yankees. Add Terry Francona to the mix on color commentary and you’ve got a decent season of Sunday Night Baseball ahead.