Yu Darvish jokes about Masahiro Tanaka Contract

The Texas Rangers paid a lot of money to bring in Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. The Rangers bid $51.7 million for the right to negotiate with Darvish for 30 days. They ultimately signed him to a $60 million dollar contract for six years with a player option to void the last year.

The New York Yankees made their own splash this offseason by signing Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. They paid $20 million to negotiate with him and signed him to a seven-year $155 million deal. Darvish weighed in on Tanaka’s contract and joked that they might have overpaid.

From CBS Sports:

The Texas Rangers ace was even in a joking mood Tuesday at spring training. Darvish wisecracked that the New York Yankees might have paid too much for fellow Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka by giving him a seven-year, $155 million contract on top of a $20 million posting fee.

Even before the session was done, the remark was all over social media and the Rangers released a statement to make sure everyone knew Darvish was kidding.

Of course it wouldn’t be out of character for the Yankees to overpay.

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