The Los Angeles Dodgers own the best record in Major League Baseball and on Monday acquired Yu Darvish a right-hander with the Texas Rangers, adding to the depth of their starting rotation.
The Dodgers traded for arguably the biggest name left at the trade deadline. Texas in exchange receives three players in the minor leagues Willie Calhoun a second baseman, A.J. Alexy a right-handed pitcher and Brendon Davis a shortstop.
The three are the No. 4, No. 17 and No. 24 overall prospects in the farm system for Los Angeles respectively.
The Dodgers were against departing with any of their top prospects such as Walker Buehler a right-hander and Alex Verdugo an outfielder.
Through his interpreter, Darvish, from Japan, said that he was honored that the Dodgers wanted him.
This trade comes after Los Angeles acquired two relievers – Tony Cingrani from Cincinnati and Tony Watson from Pittsburgh. Both are left-handers.
This season Darvish has a record of 6-9 with an ERA of 4.01, which is the worst of his major league career. Four times picked to play in the All-Star Game, Darvish has experienced a decrease in wins over each of his seasons in the majors. In 2012, he won 16 games but dropped to just 7 wins last year.
He missed all of the 2015 season following Tommy John arm surgery.
Jeff Banister the manager for the Rangers said he wished his former pitcher luck and challenged the right-hander to perform well so everyone will remember him.
Banister said about Darvish that there were times when he was very dominating with his fastball, slider and sinker, and will strikeout many hitters when his stuff is right.
Darvish, who is 30, is 0-5 with an ERA of 5.81 over his last eight starts. During his most recent start, Darvish gave up 10 runs, which is the most in his entire career, and revealed later he had been tipping pitches to Miami Marlins batters.
Darvish told reporters he was nothing but appreciative of his time with the Rangers. He will be a free agent following the season, and asked if he would possibly return to play for Texas, he said he would decide that at a later date.
Cody Bellinger the rookie for the Dodgers tweeted a welcome greeting to Darvish prior to the deal becoming official.
Rangers’ front office personnel said they wanted to capitalize on this opportunity to add talented players to their organization since they were not sure if Darvish would re-sign with them once he became a free agent.