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Friday, 13th January 2012
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Rangers "optimistic" that Darvish will sign

The chance of Japanese baseball star Yu Darvish joining the Texas Rangers appears strong after the American team's chief executive officer Nolan Ryan revealed he was "optimistic" that negotiations could be finalised in the coming days.

The Rangers won the rights to negotiate with Darvish with a $52.7 million (£34.5 million) posting bid for the pitcher and have until Wednesday (January 18th) to complete a deal with the player and his representatives.

Speaking to ESPN, Ryan revealed that he expects the deal to be completed.

"It's a process, so during the period that we negotiate with someone, we really don't talk about it. I'm optimistic we'll get something done," he said.

The Rangers boss is keen to take the pitcher to the US and admitted he was impressed with his attitude athleticism.

"He represented what I've been led to believe," he added.

Should the MLB side fail to finalise a deal with Darvish, he will return to Japan and the Rangers will not be liable to pay the posting fee.

The right-handed pitcher currently plays for Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Written by Susan Ballion