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Texas Wins the Negotiating Rights for Yu Darvish

Japanese professional baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher Darvish Yu smilings during the post-game interview after his win over the Seibu Lions at the Sapporo Dome Stadium in Sapporo in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on March 27, 2008.  Darvish, who is pegged by many scouts in the US to be the next big Japanese pitcher to make the move to the US Major Leagues within the next couple of years, has a 6-1 record by the end of May, 2008 and a Pacific League leading 1.68 ERA.    AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, the Post reported that the Blue Jays were the favorites to win the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, and that they'd submitted a monster bid of more than $40 million and possibly close to $50 million. But we now know that whatever Toronto bid, it wasn't enough: Major League Baseball announced last night that the Rangers placed the highest bid for Darvish, and now have 30 days to sign him. The winning bid? A reported $51.7 million — more than the $51,111,111.11 the Red Sox paid to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006. As for the Yankees, their bid was reportedly modest, so their chances of winning the negotiating rights appeared slim all along. [NYT]

Photo: AFP/2008 AFP