Japanese free-agent target Yu Darvish is in Arlington today to visit the Texas Rangers facilities, according to ESPN.
The visit is not meant for negotiations but rather for Darvish to get a feel for the area in which he would be playing, ESPN reports. Darvish is expected to report back to his agents with his thoughts following the visit, who will then likely begin contract talks with Rangers general manager Josh Daniels.
The Rangers and the Japanese star are currently in the midst of a month-long exlclusive negotiating window. Texas was able to secure that window by posting the winning bid in December, which was believed to be worth $52 million. If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters will return the money back to the Rangers. Last year at the age of 23, Darvish posted a 1.78 ERA with 222 strikeouts in 202 innings pitched. In 25 starts for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, he threw 10 complete games and two shutouts.