It doesn't matter whether it's the amateur draft or the posting system. Give a team and a player's representation any amount of time and they're likely to use every single second to get a deal done.
Whether it's a day, a week, a month or a year, the allotted time is irrelevant. All that matters is that the two sides play a half-hearted game of chicken while making the rest of us wait until the last possible second to get wind of the details.
All of which, of course, brings us to Yu Darvish. The whirling Japanese pitching phenom is officially and finally headed to the United States after coming to terms with the Texas Rangers on a six-year, $60 million contract on Wednesday afternoon. Those details were first reported on Twitter by our own Jeff Passan.
The deal completes a month-long negotiating window that was opened when the Rangers agreed to pay a record $51.7 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters last month. It also puts to bed any speculation that Darvish and his agents...