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The Texas Rangers ‘ cut off point for signing Yu Darvish is quickly approaching, and the team has to reach an offer or the coveted pitcher will return to pitch in Japan. Baseball lines

The Rangers and Darvish’s delegates Don Nomura and Arn Tellem have to strike an agreement.

A statement during the weekend declared the big sticking point is the arrangement of the plan. The Rangers are following a six-year deal and Darvish choice five years so he will be able to get a free agent earlier. The news goes on to announce the likelihood of either side not reaching some variety of settlement is “minimal.”

Rangers Chief Executive Officer Nolan Ryan reaffirmed during the weekend that he’s “optimistic” a contract will get completed by the deadline and that Darvish might be pitching in a Rangers uniform this season. Baseball betting lines

“My expectancy is that we’ll get something done,” Ryan asserted. “It’s a method, so during the time that we barter with somebody, we actually don’t talk about the subject. I am optimistic we’ll get anything done.”

If for some explanation things don’t come together, Darvish may return to pitch in Japan in 2012 and the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters would need to give back the Rangers’ record $51.7 million posting bid.

The Rangers ‘ attention in Darvish goes back 1 or 2 years. They’ve scouted him lots in that span and had someone at just about all of his 2011 starts. Director Jon Daniels himself traveled last summer to watch Darvish pitch and speak to teammates of the Rangers ‘ Pacific coast action.

The Rangers experience increased their presence in the Japan market in recent times and may boast a nice accomplishment story in Colby Lewis, who pitched well for two seasons in Japan and signed a two year cope with a club alternative that the club exercised for 2012.

“If you are able to throw strikes, pound the strike sector and receive guys out, is it not relevant what league you play in,” said Lewis, who whip Darvish when both were pitching in Japan in 2008 and thinks that Darvish might be helpful in the majors. “If you can command the fastball and do what you have to do to get men out, you can have succeed here, too.

“He has overwhelming stuff, especially in that league over there. The giant thing that stood out to me was his fastball command. If he will do that here, he’ll have achievement.”

As a component of the negotiation course of action, Darvish made his 1st trip to Texas in earlier January. He toured Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, met 1 or 2 players – Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler – and studied a video the club put together designed to produce Darvish feel acceptance. It included highlights of Darvish, highlights of the Rangers ‘ playoff runs and some information from players.

Hamilton asserted he took part in the video, pronouncing “Welcome to Texas” in Japanese and sharing some mind with the young pitcher.

“I told him, ‘If you come in, give us your best, we’ll definitely give you our best every day and at the exact same time, don’t take offense because we are going to pick on you a lot – it just means that we love you, ‘” Hamilton said.

Hamilton and Kinsler both said the most important takeaway from meeting Darvish was his size – he is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. Even Ryan expounded Darvish was larger than he suspected, and the Hall of Famer was impressed with the pitcher when he met him in Texas earlier this month.

“He was built like a pitcher,” Ryan said. “He looks excellent. He understands a lot of English and I just liked his attitude about needing to race. To me, he is what I’ve been led straight to believe.”

The job for both sides, now, is to try and reach a deal that would satisfy both sides. If they do, it should making things interesting next month in Surprise, Arizona, when pitchers and catchers report by February. 22.

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