With their hopes of winning an American League West championship pretty much out the window for the Texas Rangers — they are currently part of an estimated eight teams vying for a Wild Card spot — you’d think general manager Jon Daniels would be keen to deal the team’s ace pitcher, Yu Darvish, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Not so fast.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Daniels, and the Rangers will not be dealing Darvish at the deadline, even if they fall out of the Wild Card race. From the report:
One thing, sources said, is clear: He is very likely to end the season in a Rangers uniform, even if they do fall out of contention by the trade deadline, which, with the American League the postseason sardine can it is, seems unlikely.
According to Passan, Daniels has a greater interest in re-signing the 30-year-old Japanese import, who has reportedly stated his interest in staying with the team past this season. However, preliminary contract extension talks were halted during spring training, according to SB Nation.
In the record books, Darvish stands as not only the greatest pitcher on the Rangers current roster, but one of the club’s greatest pitcher in its history. He turns 31 in August, and is in the midst of another solid season in a Rangers uniform — Darvish has posted a 3.35 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 36 walks in 94 innings. Overall, Darvish has been extremely consistent since his arrival from Japan, posting a 3.30 ERA over the course of 115 major-league starts.