I agree. I just think the Twins should take the risk, even if six years (seven is too much IMO ... six years also too much but not enough of a too much for me to say no).
The Twins should just do it. Offer him 6/$160 and see if that gets it done and if it doesn't, quietly reveal that information to a reporter so people know that some big offers are being made. If Yu Darvish turns down a six-year deal then he's the problem.
I already think he is the problem. I think he wants the Yankees or Dodgers to pony up and is disappointed that the market isn't bearing that out for him. He's seen some of the contracts of the recent past and wants his, too. While I believe he will be the front-end starter we need, and that he is very good, better than most, I wouldn't put him in the same elite upper echelons category of Kershaw. He seems to want a Kershaw (or closer to it) contract and he's not going to get it. There aren't many teams who can afford to give out those kinds of contracts and he's stuck in an off-season where he's getting the best of what's left. I have no real idea anymore what's fair or not with these salaries, but I do think the Twins offered what they could and what was smart and what was fair, but I think Darvish is disappointed and is still hoping something 'better' comes through. Will he sit out part of the season waiting? What will happen to all those quality players still unsigned? I think something has to fall. I think it's still a possibility Darvish will sign with the Twins ... but at what cost to us, and I'm not thinking monetary cost. I'm thinking attitude. I'm not sure I want him at this point.
This off-season has made me crabby.