Rangers did homework on Yu Darvish

Organization went the extra mile throughout the process that landed Japanese star

Updated: January 20, 2012, 11:41 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' pursuit of Yu Darvish began nearly six years ago, as Darvish outshined other Japanese high school stars in front of Rangers scouts. But it was during the final day of the Winter Meetings at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas when the momentum toward posting a bid and eventually getting a contract done really heated up.

That was one of the more interesting days for the Rangers this offseason.

In the wee hours of that Thursday morning in early December, ...

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