Jon Daniels

After Yu: Rangers caught in middle, now going on without ace

When Yu Darvish arrived in Texas from Japan in 2012, the Rangers were coming off consecutive World Series appearances.

As was expected with his celebrated entrance then, Darvish is now pitching for a World Series contender. Except it's out on the West Coast for the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and not in Texas, where the ace never won a postseason game and wasn't even part of winning a playoff series.

With a third straight AL West title long out of reach, and the push for one of the American League's two wild-card spots becoming ever more difficult with each loss, the Rangers got three minor league players for the pitcher they spent more than two years scouting and...