According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, the Texas Rangers have won the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish.
The Texas Rangers have won the posting auction of Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7M bid, sources tell 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 @ 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.