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Darvish is Done…on to the Prince.

Good Morning Nats and Baseball Fans alike!!

Well, it’s finally done. The Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish agreed to terms on a 6yr/$60M deal roughly half an hour before the Wednesday 5pm deadline. The Rangers complete what will be a $111.7M payout to a 25 year old Japanese phenom who is half Iranian and 6’5″. Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, and even Bobby Valentine all have had nothing but great things to say about his talent, and from what I’ve seen, it’s tough for me to disagree with them. He can get it up to 95 on his Fastball, has a filthy high 60s curve, and a nice n nasty slider along with a changeup and whatever else a Japanese Pitcher throws (they’re always rumored to throw 52745 different pitches). The Rangers (seemingly) got better with this move, and will move Neftali Feliz out of the bullpen, and Alexi Ogando goes back to the bullpen with this move. Sure, Darvish is unproven. Bobby V saw him up close, and I wouldn’t discount his opinion, although I’m sure he could give a #@!* is he’s wrong, since he’s competing with the Rangers, and isn’t a TV analyst anymore.

If you follow me on twitter (@NickNats90), you’ve noticed that basically the entire offseason I’ve been tweeting/retweeting ANYTHING related to the Nationals, Rangers, and Prince Fielder. Now that Darvish is signed, we can finally focus on Prince and his next home 100%. The Market for Prince has been incredibly slow to develop, only going as far as “team X is interested at their price” or “this team is the favorite.” Needless to say, it’s been ridiculously maddening, as this has gone on for MONTHS now. Anyway, let’s move on, shall we?

The Rangers, especially GM Jon Daniels and CEO Nolan Ryan have both said basically the same thing: “it’s very unlikely we sign him.” Now, let’s look at reasons why they WOULD say that. Josh Hamilton is a Free Agent after the 2012 season, and would demand big money on the Free Agent Market. Nelson Cruz will need an extension at some point, along with their young arms. They just invested $111.7M in Yu Darvish, and Prince will at least demand $170M. Do they want to (or can they even) pay BOTH Hamilton and Prince? I’m not so sure about that. Although that huge TV deal they signed with Fox makes them a bit of a dark horse. That right there is a big reason why the would be LYING about not signing him. Mitch Moreland is not comparable at all to Prince, although they are high on him, and want him to produce. They probably would also get 40-50 Home Runs every year from him in that ballpark.

Bottom Line Question: Do I think they sign him?: I think they can, but I don’t know if they will. I just don’t know.

Now, obviously, the Nats are interested, although Mr Close-to- Vest himself Mike Rizzo has said that they are happy with Adam LaRoche, BUT they have had conversations with Scott Boras, who they have an amazing relationship with. Many people in the industry see the Nationals as the favorite to sign Fielder, and are currently re-negotiating their TV deal with MASN, and could double or triple the money coming to them. That money is going to be used (in my eyes) for two things: to pay Ryan Zimmerman (Free Agent after 2013) and to sign Prince Fielder. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me if Zimmerman is telling Rizzo, “sign Prince, and we’ll talk extension whenever you want.” And why wouldn’t he? With two years of having Adam Dunn, a lefty power hitter, hitting behind him, Zimmerman batted .299 with 58 HRs and 191 RBI. Prince is probably an even better hitter than Dunn, and I think Zimmerman and Werth with definitely benefit from him. Now, I know a lot of people are rumbling “they’re gonna let Zim walk and that’s why they drafted Rendon!” Okay, so then explain this to me: WHY are the re-negotiating their contract with MASN…NOW? With Prince sitting their on the Market, and two years away from Zim’s walk year? They wanna have both. Rendon will probably take over at 2nd base or somewhere else. There’s no reason for them to talk extension with Zim, re-negotiate their MASN TV contract (where they actually HIRED someone familiar with TV contracts to negotiate for them) AND acquire Gio Gonzalez all in one offseason. Sorry, it just doesn’t.

Bottom Line Question: Will they sign him?: Yes. I think they do.

Don’t count out the Miami MLB Back..er Miami Marlins, sorry. If Prince backs off his no-trade demand, I think they’ll give him the money he wants.

Right now, it’s the Rangers vs the Nationals. It’s gonna be fun, and I just hope it ends soon.

Go Nats!!

-Nick

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Darvish is Done…on to the Prince.

Good Morning Nats and Baseball Fans alike!!

Well, it’s finally done. The Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish agreed to terms on a 6yr/$60M deal roughly half an hour before the Wednesday 5pm deadline. The Rangers complete what will be a $111.7M payout to a 25 year old Japanese phenom who is half Iranian and 6’5″. Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, and even Bobby Valentine all have had nothing but great things to say about his talent, and from what I’ve seen, it’s tough for me to disagree with them. He can get it up to 95 on his Fastball, has a filthy high 60s curve, and a nice n nasty slider along with a changeup and whatever else a Japanese Pitcher throws (they’re always rumored to throw 52745 different pitches). The Rangers (seemingly) got better with this move, and will move Neftali Feliz out of the bullpen, and Alexi Ogando goes back to the bullpen with this move. Sure, Darvish is unproven. Bobby V saw him up close, and I wouldn’t discount his opinion, although I’m sure he could give a #@!* is he’s wrong, since he’s competing with the Rangers, and isn’t a TV analyst anymore.

If you follow me on twitter (@NickNats90), you’ve noticed that basically the entire offseason I’ve been tweeting/retweeting ANYTHING related to the Nationals, Rangers, and Prince Fielder. Now that Darvish is signed, we can finally focus on Prince and his next home 100%. The Market for Prince has been incredibly slow to develop, only going as far as “team X is interested at their price” or “this team is the favorite.” Needless to say, it’s been ridiculously maddening, as this has gone on for MONTHS now. Anyway, let’s move on, shall we?

The Rangers, especially GM Jon Daniels and CEO Nolan Ryan have both said basically the same thing: “it’s very unlikely we sign him.” Now, let’s look at reasons why they WOULD say that. Josh Hamilton is a Free Agent after the 2012 season, and would demand big money on the Free Agent Market. Nelson Cruz will need an extension at some point, along with their young arms. They just invested $111.7M in Yu Darvish, and Prince will at least demand $170M. Do they want to (or can they even) pay BOTH Hamilton and Prince? I’m not so sure about that. Although that huge TV deal they signed with Fox makes them a bit of a dark horse. That right there is a big reason why the would be LYING about not signing him. Mitch Moreland is not comparable at all to Prince, although they are high on him, and want him to produce. They probably would also get 40-50 Home Runs every year from him in that ballpark.

Bottom Line Question: Do I think they sign him?: I think they can, but I don’t know if they will. I just don’t know.

Now, obviously, the Nats are interested, although Mr Close-to- Vest himself Mike Rizzo has said that they are happy with Adam LaRoche, BUT they have had conversations with Scott Boras, who they have an amazing relationship with. Many people in the industry see the Nationals as the favorite to sign Fielder, and are currently re-negotiating their TV deal with MASN, and could double or triple the money coming to them. That money is going to be used (in my eyes) for two things: to pay Ryan Zimmerman (Free Agent after 2013) and to sign Prince Fielder. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me if Zimmerman is telling Rizzo, “sign Prince, and we’ll talk extension whenever you want.” And why wouldn’t he? With two years of having Adam Dunn, a lefty power hitter, hitting behind him, Zimmerman batted .299 with 58 HRs and 191 RBI. Prince is probably an even better hitter than Dunn, and I think Zimmerman and Werth with definitely benefit from him. Now, I know a lot of people are rumbling “they’re gonna let Zim walk and that’s why they drafted Rendon!” Okay, so then explain this to me: WHY are the re-negotiating their contract with MASN…NOW? With Prince sitting their on the Market, and two years away from Zim’s walk year? They wanna have both. Rendon will probably take over at 2nd base or somewhere else. There’s no reason for them to talk extension with Zim, re-negotiate their MASN TV contract (where they actually HIRED someone familiar with TV contracts to negotiate for them) AND acquire Gio Gonzalez all in one offseason. Sorry, it just doesn’t.

Bottom Line Question: Will they sign him?: Yes. I think they do.

Don’t count out the Miami MLB Back..er Miami Marlins, sorry. If Prince backs off his no-trade demand, I think they’ll give him the money he wants.

Right now, it’s the Rangers vs the Nationals. It’s gonna be fun, and I just hope it ends soon.

Go Nats!!

-Nick