A deal between Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers has been completed, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Darvish deal is done and confirmed—
JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 18, 2012
Texas had 30 days to sign Darvish after winning the exclusive negotiating rights to him by committing a $51.7 million posting fee. Had the deal not been completed, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, Darvish’s old team, would have to return the posting fee.
Darvish will now be tasked with replacing former Rangers ace C.J. Wilson in the Texas rotation.
Last year at the age of 23, Darvish posted a 1.78 ERA with 222 strikeouts in 202 innings pitched. In 25 starts for the Nippon-Ham Fighters, he threw 10 complete games and two shutouts.