Rangers show they're big-market club

Yu Darvish bid makes it clear owners want a title and cost of business isn't an issue

Updated: December 20, 2011, 12:11 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

For once, it ain't about Nolan Ryan. Or Jon Daniels. Or Ron Washington. It ain't about Josh Hamilton or Michael Young either.

It ain't even about Yu Darvish, the Japanese sensation the Rangers hope to soon have under contract.

This is about low-key owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis, who gave Jon Daniels permission to reportedly drop $51.7 million on the Nippon Ham Fighters just for the right to negotiate a deal with Darvish, who reportedly wants a five-year deal in the neighborhood ...

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