Yahoo Sports:

The Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with star Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish by placing a record $51.7 million bid in a posting auction, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Darvish’s team in Japan, the Nippon Ham Fighters, will accept the bid, which means the Rangers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Darvish. If they cannot work out a deal, Darvish would return to Japan for the 2012 season and the Rangers would be refunded the posting fee.

On November 12th, we said we’d bid $53 million for him. We came very, very close to the actual figure. In fact, we would have won the bid by a slight amount. Not bad, wouldn’t you say?

The Yankees, however, remain content with CC and the Pixie Dust Four.