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MLB Trade Rumors: Yu Darvish is available...for a price

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Stefan Stevenson says Yu Darvish is available, but the Rangers want a lot for him

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MLB Trade Rumors: Yu Darvish is on the market, it seems, with the Texas Rangers having “made it known” that they are ready and willing to part with their ace, according to Stefan Stevenson.

The catch, of course, is the price...Stevenson says the Rangers “want a lot in return,” which he says is “multiple, highly-regarded prospects.” Stevenson suggests that the Rangers may be getting more aggressive in broadcasting their willingness to make a move in order to get teams to get more aggressive in their bidding.

Which means things are still in the “continuing to develop” stage, I guess. We seem to have shifted from “the Rangers might move Darvish” to “the Rangers are willing to move Darvish,” with both local and national writers indicating they’ve seemingly gone from passive listening to active soliciting, but the Rangers still appear to want a sizable return, and its not entirely clear that the Yankees or the Dodgers -- the two frontrunners for Yu — will be willing to part with what Texas will want for a rental.

And of course, things could change between now and the trade deadline (which is 72 hours and 30 minutes from when I’m typing this), with David Price going on the d.l. potentially opening the door for Boston to get involved (though they are on Yu’s no-trade list), or the Rangers sweeping this weekend and putting themselves in a better position for the Wild Card race.

Or the Rangers could not get an offer to their liking, and end up holding, or Jon Daniels could decide to take whatever is on the table at 2:55 Central on Monday rather than risk getting just a compensatory pick, or we could learn Clayton Kershaw needs season-ending back surgery, or Adrian Beltre could say he wants out if Yu is traded, or...

Who knows. Its that time of the year when there are lots of rumors, lots of possibilities, and no one knows for sure what’s going to happen.

I’m just ready for it to be 3:01 on July 31.