The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, so get ready for a rumor and report-filled weekend.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported Friday morning that Texas is confident it will get a quality return and are “actively exchanging names with teams.”
But potential trade partners will have to fork over multiple, highly regarded prospects to land Darvish, and the Rangers’ reported willingness to deal Darvish could be a way to ignite a bidding war between clubs.
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Darvish is a free agent at the end of the season. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has said the club would love to re-sign him, and Darvish has said he loves playing and living in Texas. But the free-agent money could be too much for Darvish to turn down in the off-season.
So the Rangers would be open to seeing if another club will deal some of their top minor league talent. Daniels has said openly that the only way he’d deal Darvish is if he was blown away by an offer.
The Dodgers and Yankees, for example, have been two of the teams rumored to be eying Darvish. Neither is on Darvish’s 10-team no-trade list, according to Rosenthal, which is a start. But will the Dodgers part with a couple of their top young prospects? Triple A outfielder Alex Verdugo is ranked No. 4 among Dodgers’ prospects by Baseball America, but may be available given that No. 1 prospect Cody Bellinger, who also bats left-handed, has hit 28 homers for the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers’ top pitching prospects include right-handers Walker Buehler and Yadier Alvarez, who rank Nos. 1 and 3 in MLB.com’s prospect rankings.
Darvish’s 10-team no-trade list covers the Orioles, Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, Rockies, White Sox, Tigers, A’s, Pirates and Blue Jays.
Of course, Darvish could still approve a trade to one of these clubs.