As the Texas Rangers continue to fall further and further down the American League standings, various trade rumors involving Ranger’s ace Yu Darvish have been surrounding the league. With Darvish becoming a free agent this offseason, the Rangers could become extremely serious about trading him to a world series contender for a quality prospect package in return. For any team that is in desperate need for starting pitching, Darvish could step in right away, and make an immediate impact.
The New York Yankees, Houston Astros, LA Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago Cubs are among the many teams who could make a run at acquiring the Ranger’s dynamic starter. According to multiple reports, Chicago has recently inquired about the availability of Yu Darvish. The Cubs, who unexpectedly have been mediocre the majority of the season, have recently won six consecutive games, and are now only one game behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central division lead. The Cubs already unloaded multiple valuable prospects in order to acquire Jose Quintana from the White Sox, but still remain in search for another ace to add to their rotation.
So what could the Rangers possibly receive in return for a top-tier starting pitcher like Darvish? Because Darvish is simply a rental for only a few months, the package won’t be enormous like the Jose Quintana trade. Expect the Rangers to receive at least one of the Cubs top prospects, packaged with at least two middle ranked prospects. The Rangers could be interested in Cub’s prospects such as Jeimer Candelario (1B, 3B), Jose Albertos (RHP), Thomas Hatch (RHP), Oscar De La Cruz (RHP), Trevor Clifton (RHP), and various others.
Darvish is definitely a great option for the Cubs, but many experts believe they have more interest in trading for a starting pitcher that is under contract for multiple years. If the Cubs decide to no longer pursue Yu Darvish at the trade deadline, don’t panic Ranger’s fans. The Yankees and Dodgers are a couple of teams that will be willing to give up a decent amount for the Japanese Ace. Darvish is arguably the most talented starting pitcher on the trade market, and will be aggressively pursued by many teams if the Rangers decide to enter ‘sell mode’.