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The teams that are close to signing Yu Darvish

Darvish is coming off his fourth All-Star season since coming to the Major Leagues in 2012

Yu Darvish.

Yu Darvish. | Getty Images | AFP

The Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins and a mystery team are all finalists to land right-hander Yu Darvish, the top free-agent pitcher on the market.

The first five teams come according to a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson -- and the mystery team from Darvish himself.

Darvish tweeted Wednesday night that he knows "one more team is in."

Darvish is coming off his fourth All-Star season since coming to the Major Leagues in 2012, with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts for the Rangers and Dodgers last year. He helped Los Angeles reach the World Series, although he struggled in two starts against the Astros in the Fall Classic.

The clubs on the list are known to have been seeking a high-end starting pitcher this offseason, and have been linked to Darvish as well as various other free agents and trade targets.

Darvish, 31, has been linked to the Twins since well before the Winter Meetings, and he has a connection with general manager Thad Levine from his days with the Rangers, where Darvish spent his first four-plus seasons. Levine helped recruit and sign Darvish as an international free agent in 2012 from Japan.

Darvish had meetings last month with the Cubs and Astros, as well as dinner with Texas GM Jon Daniels, though that was mostly viewed as a social encounter -- each of which said went well. Darvish has also been linked to the Dodgers, whom he was traded to last summer, and the Yankees, though both clubs are attempting to get under the $197 million luxury tax threshold in 2018.

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