Texas Rangers win negotiating rights to Yu Darvish

NEW YORK (AP) - The Texas Rangers have submitted the winning bid

for Yu Darvish, earning the right to negotiate a contract with the

Japanese pitcher.

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.