Does Kei Igawa's ghost loom over Darvish's future?
Weeks ago, ESPN's Buster Olney ranked his top 10 of every part of a team, from the infield to the bullpen. Olney ranked the Rangers' starting rotation as No. 6 in the league.
But that was before Yu.
Now, since Yu's signing on Wednesday.
Olney's colleague, David Schoenfield, has now ranked his top rotations in baseball since the Yu signing.
Of course, the Philadelphia Phillies, led by three legitimate aces in Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, come in at No. 1 with the Los Angeles Angels and C.J. Wilson checking in at No. 2 along with Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.
That's where we find the Rangers, at No. 3 with the addition of Darvish. Schoenfield lays out the Rangers' rotation like this: Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, Neftali Feliz with Alexi Ogando and Scott Feldman providing depth. Some of those slots might be flopped at some point, but it's pretty much dead on.
Darvish's addition has vaulted the Rangers back past the New York Yankees who had a massive upgrade last week when they traded for Seattle Mariners young phenom Michael Pineda and signed Hiroki Kuroda instantly making their rotation legitimate.
Just imagine what might happen if the Rangers can still land Roy Oswalt?