CBS Sports is reporting that the Texas Rangers will sign Japanese starting pitcher Yu Darvish before today’s 5 p.m. deadline. The deal is believed to be for six-years, according to CBS.
Texas had 30 days to sign Darvish after winning the exclusive negotiating rights to him by committing a $51.7 million posting fee. If the deal is not completed, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, Darvish’s old team, will have to return the posting fee. If the deal goes through as CBS suggests, then the Ham Fighters will keep the entirety of the posting fee as compensation.
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.