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12/19/2011 11:12 PM EST

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters accept bid for negotiating rights to Darvish



          The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League have informed Major League Baseball that they have accepted the highest bid for the negotiating rights to 25-year-old pitcher Yu Darvish, it was announced this evening.  The highest bid in the posting process was submitted by the Texas Rangers.

          The Rangers now have a period of 30 consecutive days to sign Darvish to a Major or Minor League professional contract.


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