Last night, the Nippon Ham Fighters accepted the highest bid for the right to negotiate with pitcher Yu Darvish. The winner is...the Texas Rangers!!! Nolan Ryan and the Rangers' front office would not be outbid, reportedly beating out the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, traditional high rollers like Yankees and Red Sox, and also the Miami Marlins, who seem to be throwing money at any player with a modicum of talent. The winning bid was greater than or equal to the $51.7 million posting fee required to negotiate with Daisuke Matzusaka, which wa paid by the aformentioned Red Sox. The 6'5 Darvish is a 2-time MVP in his native Japanese League, and is projected to make an immediate impact and eventually become a top of the rotation starter in the near future.