There’s a report from a Japanese paper that, as of last night, Yu Darvish was en route from Japan to Texas. There’s a Google Translate translation of it via Baseball Time in Arlington.
While the Rangers and Darvish are currently in their 30-day window to negotiate a deal, there’s no sense, to the extent much sense can be gleaned from the translation, that a deal is close. Rather, Darvish is trying “to get valuable information before negotiations begin in earnest.”
But it certainly is a long flight just to get a sense of the place. And all indications are that Darvish will sign with the Rangers. So perhaps there will be a press conference while he’s in town.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.