Quote of the Day
"If the region wants the Rays to stay in the region, then Tampa Bay needs to support this team this year by putting their backsides in the seat and going to the game."-- St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, on discussions about a Rays’ new ballpark amid lackluster fan support. (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/19)
The MLB Rangers and Japanese P Yu Darvish "agreed to a six-year, $60 million deal Wednesday afternoon only minutes before a 4 p.m. deadline at the end of a 30-day negotiating window," according to Jeff Wilson of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Darvish will be "introduced at a news conference Friday evening at Rangers Ballpark." Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that Darvish can "opt out of the deal after five years and become a free agent if he meets a list of demanding performance thresholds." Also included in the contract is "an interpreter and a trainer, but that was the extent of the personal touches he wanted included in the deal." Daniels also said that there were "never any contentious moments in the process, which started with the Rangers be ...
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