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Arlington – The Texas Rangers might have lost out in retaining the top 2011 free agent pitcher in former Ranger CJ Wilson, but tonight they have won the right to negotiate with Star Japanese Player Yu Darvish for a reported $51.7 million.

The Rangers begin a 30 day process in which they have the exclusive rights to negotiate for the rights to the 25 year old pitcher who holds a 93-38 record in his Japanese career.

The Texas Rangers have released the following statement:

“The Texas Rangers are pleased and excited to have acquired the rights to negotiate with Yu Darvish. Our organization has scouted Mr. Darvish for the last several years and has been very impressed with his abilities and a

ccomplishments. We believe he would be a great addition to the Texas Rangers pitching staff.

We look forward to beginning the next step of this process in the very near future with Mr. Darvish and his representatives, Arn Tellem and Don Nomura.”

The addition automatically gives the Rangers a key addition to the rotation which was already bringing back 2011 starters Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Alexi Ogando, and Matt Harrison while also competing with former closer Neftali Feliz who was also told that he will be making the transition to the rotation.

With the $50 million plus posting fee and the subsequent $50 million contract  this move will most likely take the Rangers out of the bidding for free agent Prince Fielder and would be in line with Rangers Team President Nolan Ryan that the Rangers were not looking at the free agent first baseman.