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Rangers win Yu Darvish sweepstakes

Updated: December 21, 2011, 11:06 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers posted the highest bid for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish and that bid was accepted by Darvish's team in Japan, Major League Baseball announced Monday night.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would not say how much the Rangers posting bid was, but sources said it was around $51.7 million. Bidding for the posting fee closed last Wednesday, and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters had until 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday to accept.

The club still has to pay Darvish a ...

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