Rangers Cautiously Optimistic About Signing Yu Darvish Before Today's Deadline

Wednesday January 18th, 2012

The Texas Rangers are “cautiously optimistic” that the club will sign Japanese starter Yu Darvish before today’s 5 p.m. deadline, according to the Star-Telegram.

The Rangers front office and Darvish’s agents Arn Tellem and Don Nomura reportedly talked late into Tuesday night in negotiations for an agreement for the right-handed hurler. According to the Star-Telegram, team president Nolan Ryan was not a part of those meetings as he was out of town on a prior-engagement, but he is expected to return this morning.

Texas, who committed a $51.7 million posting fee in order to have the exclusive negotiating rights with Darvish, have had 30 days to sign the starter. If they cannot reach an agreement today at 5 p.m., Darvish will return to the Nippon-Ham Fighters and the club will return the Rangers’ posting fee.

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