Team president Nolan Ryan, on a day that started in Phoenix at the owners meetings and ended in Arlington at the Dr Pepper Awards Show, said that he expects the Rangers will sign Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish by the 4 p.m. Wednesday deadline.
"My expectations are that we'll get something done," Ryan said. "It's a process. During the period that we negotiate with someone we really don't talk about it, but I'm optimistic we'll get something done."
Ryan is also anticipating that the negotiations will go down to the wire because "that's the nature of these things," he said. "We'll just have to see how it works."
Ryan had the opportunity to meet Darvish and spend time with him during his visit to the area last week. Darvish made a favorable impression on Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher, as has video Ryan has seen.
"He was bigger than I thought," Ryan said. "He's built like a pitcher. He looks good. He understands a lot of English. I just liked his attitude about wanting to compete. He represented what I'd been led to believe, so I felt really good about it.
"He has a feel for the breaking ball and has a good fastball. His feel for being able to do something with the baseball is really encouraging."
One procedure that can slow down negotiations has already been cleared. Darvish submitted to a physical with Rangers doctors and trainers during his visit, according to two baseball sources, and passed the examination.
-- Jeff Wilson