MaudDib wrote:The Rangers have more to lose if they don't sign Darvish right now. It will be a blow to the fan base after hearing so much of how good Darvish is only to see your team not sign him. Also hurts the teams reputation and could cost them down the line if they try to sign other Japanese players.
My comment was a bit tongue in cheek, but as hort mentioned, there is some merit to it.
As far as a blow to the fan base, I'm not sure how that would affect the Rangers' performance. If their goal was to clear an obstacle on their way to a World Series, and it works, I'm sure the fans would forgive them. Plus, they are defending AL champs. I'm sure that fan support is pretty high right now.
Also, since the posting system is blind, I can't see why not signing Darvish would affect future negotiations.
If this were their strategy, I'm sure they wouldn't parade around the fact that they simply wanted to play keep away with the rest of the league. I'd imagine they'd simply say they just couldn't get a deal done.
All this being said, I'd be shocked if the Rangers don't sign Darvish by the deadline today.