The balance of power in the American League seems to be moving westward. In fact, the balance of power in the AL may be galloping to the west.
The latest evidence of this trend appeared on Monday night, when it was announced that the Texas Rangers had won the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish. The Rangers paid dearly for this victory, and they are not through paying.
The Rangers' winning bid of a reported $51.7 million was the highest posting fee in history for a Japanese player, slightly more than the $51.11 million the Boston Red Sox paid for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006.