The Texas Rangers have submitted the winning bid for Yu Darvish, earning the right to negotiate a contract with the Japanese pitcher.
Major League Baseball announced Monday night that the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League informed the U.S. commissioner's office that they have accepted the top bid for Darvish.
The Rangers, who have won the past two AL pennants, have 30 days to sign Darvish to a contract. The 25-year-old right-hander is considered the top pitcher in Japan.
Bidding for the posting fee closed last Wednesday, and the Ham Fighters had until 5 p.m. today to accept.
Kubel joins Diamondbacks
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a two-year, $15 million contract with free agent outfielder Jason Kubel.
General manager Kevin Towers confirmed the deal late Monday afternoon, saying it was contingent on Kubel passing a physical. The contract includes a mutual option for a third year.
The addition comes as something of a surprise because it would send left fielder Gerardo Parra to the bench as the Diamondbacks' fourth outfielder. Parra had a breakthrough season a year ago, batting .292 and winning a Gold Glove as one of the game's best defensive outfielders.
Kubel would add a left handed-hitting slugger to the batting order in home run-friendly Chase Field. He had 104 home runs and 429 RBIs in seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
The 29-year-old outfielder was limited by injury to 99 games last season, batting .273 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs.
Around the horn
* Reliever Frank Francisco has signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets. The 32-year-old Francisco went 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 ERA in 54 games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011.
* Outfielder Mike Cameron has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.