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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.

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