Texas might be better off without Yu
The Texas Rangers have other options if they are not able to sign Darvish
At some point between now and 5 p.m. ET next Wednesday, it will be known if Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers have come to terms on a contract. And if the Rangers -- who have an exclusive negotiating window -- fail to come to terms on a deal, Darvish will return to the Nippon-Ham Fighters, and Texas doesn't have to pay a posting fee.
Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said Thursday he is optimistic the team will come to an agreement with Darvish.
After all the hype surrounding the posting process, it would seem the failure to sign Darvish would be a disaster for the Rangers. However, because of the way the rest of the free agent market is set up, Texas might be better off if they don't make a deal with the talented right-hander.
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