Yu Darvish visiting Arlington, Rangers
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish and his father are in Arlington to take his first look at the area and get a better sense of the Texas Rangers organization.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed Darvish was in town following reports in the Japanese media that emerged Tuesday. But that does not mean an agreement is imminent.
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Darvish likely wants to take a look around and then let his agents, Arn Tellem and Don Nomura, meet in more detail with the Rangers before the exclusive 30-day negotiating window closes at 4 p.m. CT on Jan. 18.
Daniels did not want to discuss Darvish's schedule while he's here or anything in regards to negotiations.
The Rangers earned exclusive negotiating rights witha winning posting bid of close to $52 million in December. If no agreement is reached, the Rangers won't pay the posting fee to Darvish's Japanese team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.
A report out of Japan says Darvish plans on starting his workouts in preparation for spring training later this week.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.