Yu Darvish is officially a Texas Ranger, as the team introduced the young hurler to an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media at a news conference tonight.
The Rangers signed Darvish to a six-year, $60 million contract on Wednesday before unveiling him tonight in front of a large media throng in the Hall of Fame room at the Ballpark in Arlington.
The Rangers won the rights to the 25-year-old righty from Habikino, Osaka, Japan by submitting a $51.7 million posting bid on Dec. 14. The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters accepted the bid on Dec. 18, giving the Rangers 30 days to negotiate with the pitcher.
Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA in 232 innings in Nippon Professional Baseball last season. It was his fifth straight season with an ERA under 2.
The Rangers, defending American League champions in back-to-back seasons, add Darvish to a stacked rotation that already includes Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz.