NEW YORK (AP) - The Texas Rangers have submitted the winning bid
for Yu Darvish, earning the right to negotiate a contract with the
Major League Baseball announced Monday night that the Hokkaido
Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League informed the U.S.
commissioner's office that they have accepted the top bid for
The Rangers, who have won the past two AL pennants, have 30 days
to sign Darvish to a contract. The 25-year-old right-hander is
considered the top pitcher in Japan.
Bidding for the posting fee closed last Wednesday, and the Ham
Fighters had until 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday to accept.