Rangers win rights to pay Yu Darvish

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
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The Yankees lost out in their bid for Yu Darvish. The Rangers bid nearly $52 million, according to Yahoo Sports!, which presumably was much more than what the Yankees put forth. We don't know yet what the Yankees' number was, but, as we and others have reported, it was expected to be modest.

Now, we probably will move to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Despite reports the Yankees are high on Cespedes, the same insiders that said the Yanks weren't going to be big players for Darvish are parroting the same words on Cespedes. We'll see.

For now, though, the news is Darvish is eventually going to be a Ranger.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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