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Report: Yu Darvish is on his way to Texas

Jan 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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There’s a report from a Japanese paper that, as of last night, Yu Darvish was en route from Japan to Texas. There’s a Google Translate translation of it via Baseball Time in Arlington.

While the Rangers and Darvish are currently in their 30-day window to negotiate a deal, there’s no sense, to the extent much sense can be gleaned from the translation, that a deal is close. Rather, Darvish is trying “to get valuable information before negotiations begin in earnest.”

But it certainly is a long flight just to get a sense of the place. And all indications are that Darvish will sign with the Rangers. So perhaps there will be a press conference while he’s in town.

  1. stopthewave - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    The Rang

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Nice nickname, I like it.

  2. stopthewave - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    The Rangers Fan Fest is the weekend of the 13th. You know they would love to have the deal done by then so they could start selling fancy new #11 Darvish jerseys and shirseys that weekend. Of which I’ll buy one the day they’re available…

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      What is a shirsey?

  3. Gardenhire's Cat - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Google should update their translation software; that was a tough read.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Eh, the eastbound nonstop from Tokyo to Dallas isn’t that big a deal. Eleven or twelve hours, as the titanium crow flies – and in biz class on a 777 that’s a pretty cushy ride, but I suspect Darvish is one cabin up from the one I use in one of those cryogenic cylinders with the nonstop Moet drip feed. Don’t cry for him. Getting there is half the fun.

  5. jwbiii - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Yakyu Baka’s take was that Darvish would not be meeting with team officials on the visit:
    http://yakyubaka.com/2012/01/03/sports-hochi-yu-darvish-in-the-united-states/

    • Old Gator - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Darvish has a guru? And apparently, a talkative one.

  6. whittle79 - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I am sure he will be just fine !! I would love to see how he does in the bigs ! Way to be yu !! Dream come true !!
    To new beginnings, just be kind to my Tigers !!

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