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Texas Rangers win right to negotiate with Yu Darvish

by on Dec.20, 2011 @ 1:17 pm, under MLB, NPB

According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, the Texas Rangers have won the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish.

Via Twitter:

The Texas Rangers have won the posting auction of Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7M bid, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

Via Yahoo Sports:

The Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with star Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish by placing a record $51.7 million bid in a posting auction, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Darvish’s team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, will accept the bid, which means the Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If they cannot work out a deal, Darvish would return to Japan for the 2012 season and the Rangers would be refunded the posting fee.

Daily Sports is simply reporting that the Fighters announced they accepted the high bid.  No mention of which team.

UPDATE @ 1:28pm - MLB.com has confirmed the story.  Sponichi and Nikkan Sports have also reported the story.

UPDATE @ 4:43pm - Daily Sports is reporting that the Fighters finalized their decision late Monday night and sent the NPB their decision just before noon.  They were also satisfied with the bid amount.

6 comments on “Texas Rangers win right to negotiate with Yu Darvish

  1. Arthur

    Well that’s lucky for him to be negotiating with the team that reached the last two world series, but I hear that their ballpark is very hitter-friendly, so it’ll be interesting to see how things work out. Good luck to him.

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  2. Steve

    Great for the Rangers and Darvish. It’ll be great for him to hop into a successful organization and a team with tons of offensive support. Arlington is a wee bit different than Sapporo, though!

    I would be surprised if Darvish is not a big success on that team.

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  3. Eric Lord

    “They are also satisfied with the bid amount.”

    Heh, I’d say so – it’s like double their total annual payroll. Might not be a great day to be a Fighters fan, but it’s sure a great day to be a Fighters exec.

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    1. Steve

      This, along with the Sugiuchi/Wada/Houlton moves, really shakes up the PL next year. It was easy to see the Hawks were the favorite this year as their roster was so stacked but next year the race is not so clear cut.

      Should be interesting to watch!

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