PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12: American League All-Star C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers stands on the mound as National League All-Star Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2011 MLB Free Agency: Rangers Chose Darvish Over Fielder, Who Signed With Tigers

After a month of negotiating, the Texas Rangers have reportedly come to terms with Japanese star Yu Darvish on a six-year deal that could give the team their first true ace since Cliff Lee's departure.

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Yu Darvish To Texas Rangers Finalized, Japanese Pitcher Agrees To Six-Year, $60 Million Contract, Reports Say

The Texas Rangers will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to inform the general public that they have signed their man, Yu Darvish, just before the the 4 p.m. CT deadline that was set to sign the star Japanese pitcher.

The six-year deal is worth approximately $60 million. Deal is done. Darvish a Ranger. - @Evan_P_Grant via Twitter

Also from Grant, the Darvish deal eclipses the previous "posting" record for a Japanese player. Daisuke Matsuzaka received a $52-million six year contract from the Boston Red Sox in 2007 after the Red Sox already paid $51.1 million to his Japanese club just to negotiate a deal.

Darvish will be placed into a pitching rotation in desperate need of an ace. With C.J. Wilson leaving for the Angels, Darvish will be fit into the rotation alongside Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland. The Rangers will decide in the off-season on whether to keep Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando in the bullpen or add them to the rotation as well.

For more on Matt Harrison and the Texas Rangers check out Lone Star Ball. For more news and analysis on the MLB off season head on over to SB Nation's Major League Baseball Hub.


Texas Rangers Trade Rumors 2011: C.J. Wilson Likely To Sign With Miami Marlins According To Source

With the Miami Marlins officially turning into the Miami Heat of baseball for the 2012 season, news has been reported that the Marlins will potentially be signing not one but two marquee free agent pitchers to solidify an already talented roster.

First, the news came about Texas Rangers starter C.J. Wilson:

Foxjon_normal Source: If #Angels don't match #Marlins' six-year offer, C.J. Wilson likely to sign with Miami. @MLBONFOX @jonmorosi via Twitter
Later on, through a conversation with the principal owner, president and CEO of the Texas Rangers Mr. Nolan Ryan, the legendary hurler co-signed Morosi's tweet and included information about another sought after free-agent who could take their talents down to South Beach.
Nolan Ryan just told me he expects CJ Wilson and Mark Buehrle to sign with someone other than

Wilson, Buehrle and Jose Reyes onto a loaded young roster full of talent like Hanley Ramirez, Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton? Yikes. More on this story to come.

For the latest hot-stove news and analysis on the Texas Rangers, be sure to check out Lone Star Ball.

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