Yu Darvish is traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers
After acquiring relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani, the Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish. Darvish, along with Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander, represented the most attractive trade baits on the market in this years Major League Baseball trade deadline. MLB Network reporter Ken Rosenthal was the first to confirm the news on Twitter, at about 4:15 pm. The Japanese said he learned the news through his agent just before 4 pm, the cut-off time. Update your MLB roster now at FanPicks.
“It’s an honor to be desired by a team. ”
In return for Darvish, the Rangers put their hands on prospects Willie Calhoun (69th hope of Major Base according to MLB.com), A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis. Alexy and Davis were ranked 17th and 27th respectively on the Dodgers’ Top Prospects list. L.A. thus succeeds on obtaining an all-star pitcher without yielding their second best hope, Alex Verdugo. According to several sources, Verdugo was the player targeted by the Rangers in this transaction. Darvish posted a record of 6 wins and 9 losses this year, and a 4.01 earned average.
The 30 years-old pitcher is in his fifth season in the MLB. He has accumulated seasons of 16, 13 and 10 wins between 2012 and 2014. His average of 4.01 is the highest of his career in the big league. He was invited on four occasions to the All-Star Game. The Japanese will be a free agent at the end of this season. The Dodgers have the best league record, while the Rangers are under 500.
Other trade deadline deals
The Colorado Rockies acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy of the Texas Rangers in return for a player whose identity was not revealed.
The Chicago Cubs received reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila as part of a transfer with the Detroit Tigers, allowing them to hope for another successful run in the playoffs.
The Kansas City Royals acquired the services of Chicago White Sox’s outfielder Melky Cabrera in return for pitcher A.J. Puckett and lefty Andre Davis on Sunday.
Jaime Garcia has only passed through the Minnesota Twins when he was traded to the New York Yankees on Sunday against a pair of miners.