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Chris Park, File),, Associated Press
FILE - In this March 17, 2009 file photo, Japan starter Yu Darvish pitches against South Korea in the first inning of their World Baseball Classic game in San Diego. For Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers, it's deadline day. The AL champion Rangers are at the end of their 30-day negotiating window to agree to a contract with Japan's top pitcher that they bid a record $51.7 million just to talk to.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers have reached a deadline deal.

The two-time defending American League champion Rangers and the 25-year-old Darvish, who is considered Japan's best pitcher, came to an agreement on a $60 million, six-year deal Wednesday just before the end of a 30-day negotiating window.

Had the deal not been reached, Darvish would have returned to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League. And the Rangers would have kept the record $51.7 million posting fee that was required for the exclusive rights to negotiate with Darvish.

Darvish had a 93-38 record with a 1.99 ERA the past seven seasons in Japan. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was a two-time Pacific League MVP and a five-time All-Star.