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Nolan Ryan “optimistic” about striking deal with Yu Darvish

Jan 12, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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The Rangers have less than a week to work out a contract with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, for whom they committed a record $51,703,411 posting fee back in mid-December. But there’s no concern within the organization about the ticking clock.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Thursday night that he’s “optimistic” about reaching a deal before next Wednesday’s deadline. Here’s the quote:

“My expectation is that we’ll get something done,” said Ryan. “It’s a process, so during the period that we negotiate with someone, we really don’t talk about it. I’m optimistic.”

The Rangers’ first offer to Darvish was said to be in the range of the six-year, $52 million contract that Daisuke Matsuzaka signed with the Red Sox in December of 2006. Darvish, meanwhile, is reportedly seeking a deal worth closer to $75 million in total value. So there’s likely still work to be done.

  1. spytdi - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Hell yea! Get it done so Greg and Mike can teach him how to pitch.

    • paperlions - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      If it was that easy (i.e. getting Greg and Mike to team him how to pitch), they wouldn’t be spending $110M or so to sign a guy that already knows how to pitch…they could just pick up guys off the scrap heap and “learn ‘em up”.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    Once the Rangers spend big time on Darvish, there will be one less potential landing spot for Fielder.

  3. jwbiii - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Nolan Ryan gave Darvish a pair of cowboy boots when he was in DFW last week, so this is probably a done deal.

  4. bbk1000 - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    I’m tired of the way Japanese players are handled.

    I honestly wish the Mets would have won the rights by bidding 70 million, and then offer him a 10 year contract at $500,000 per year. If he doesn’t like it he can pound salt and the Mets would get the money back.

    The whole process is stupid.

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