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Rangers thank Yu Darvish with a full-page newspaper ad

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Several days after right-hander Yu Darvish was dealt from the Rangers to the Dodgers, he took out a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News to pay homage to his former team and fanbase. It was a nice coda to his five-year run in Texas, where he got his first start in Major League Baseball and made a name for himself with four All-Star seasons. On Saturday, the Rangers reciprocated Darvish’s kindness, taking out their own ad in Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, to thank their former star.

The translated text reads:

To Yu Darvish

In appreciation for your dedication to hard work and many accomplishments

Since 2012

Thank you for an All-Star performance

From your Texas Rangers family

It’s a classy move on both sides and as cordial a trade as any player — or team — could wish for. Despite all the warm, fuzzy feelings between Darvish and the Rangers, however, it’s clear the ace isn’t feeling homesick for Texas. He made his official debut with the Dodgers on Friday night, looking perfectly at ease on the mound as he spun six innings of three-hit, 10-strikeout ball against the Mets.

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.