Texas will try to sign Japan's top pitcher Yu Darvish


After losing a pair of aces in the past two years, the Texas Rangers are going global to land a new one.


Winner of consecutive AL pennants, Texas also won the Yu Darvish sweepstakes Monday night with a record bid of $51.7 million. Now, the Rangers get 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish that would put Japan’s best pitcher at the top of their rotation.

“Obviously, it’s a very exciting night for our organization, our fans and our community,” general manager Jon Daniels said on a conference call.

Major League Baseball announced that the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League accepted the highest bid for Darvish. That sealed offer was submitted under the posting system by the Rangers.

A person familiar with the details said the winning bid by Texas was $51.7 million – more than the $51.1 million posting fee the Boston Red Sox paid for Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the figure was not made public.

RAYS: Re-signed right-handed reliever Joel Peralta to a one-year contract.

PHILLIES: Hired former general manager Ed Wade as a special consultant. He will assist in salary arbitration consultation, while also scouting.

COURTS: An appeals court has overturned the attempted prostitution conviction of a Philadelphia woman accused of offering sexual favors for World Series tickets.

Susan Finkelstein was tried in Bucks County Court last year. She was acquitted of prostitution but convicted of attempted prostitution.

The state Superior Court ruled that since Finkelstein was cleared of the more serious prostitution count, she could not be convicted of attempted prostitution.



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