Former Ranger Yu Darvish agrees to six-year deal with Chicago Cubs

11 February, 2018, 04:11 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Cubs land Yu Darvish cement World Series contender status

Darvish, 31, has struck out an astonishing 1,021 batters in just 832 1/3 Major League Baseball innings throughout his regular-season career.

Darvish went 52-39 with a 3.42 ERA in 131 starts with the Rangers, who. The next few names on that list are Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Corey Kluber, Chris Archer and Madison Bumgarner. I don't want to pressure him too much.

After almost an entire winter of speculation and reports connected Darvish with the Twins and several other clubs, the best available free agent starter chose to take his talents to the North side of Chicago. Both the Dodgers and Yankees may have moved on Darvish sooner had those clubs not been concerned with exceeding the luxury tax threshold for this season. His 2017 season showed a slight decline from seasons past, both in Texas and then, after a mid-summer trade, in Los Angeles. Really, it depends on how Kyle Hendricks pitches this spring. In Game 7 at Dodger Stadium, he was booed from the field, having recorded five outs and allowed five runs.

The Cubs were supposed to be about quantity over quality in their shopping this winter, and they followed suit by signing six free-agent pitchers before landing Darvish.


The right-hander made 31 starts previous year between the Rangers and Dodgers, pitching to a 3.86 ERA with a near-identical 3.83 FIP.

Some concern surfaced across baseball regarding Darvish's performance at the end of the season, as the Astros crushed him twice in the World Series, but most believed that was because he was tipping his pitches and not anything physical in nature. Obviously, they named a price Darvish was happy with and the Cubs look like an even stronger World Series contender than they did 24 hours ago. The top remaining free agent starting pitchers available are Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn. Ohtani signed with the Angels in the second week of December.

The Cubs' rotation now appears to be set. He made 17 starts in 2016 and 31 starts in 2017, when he was an All-Star. Darvish's primary gains by landing with the Cubs is premium run support and a boost in terms of strikeouts, considering he spent much of his US career pitching at Texas' Globe Life Park, which severely deflates them.

David Price (seven years, $217 million with the Boston Red Sox), Kershaw (seven years, $215 million with the Dodgers), Scherzer (seven years, $210 million with the Washington Nationals) and Zack Greinke (six years, $206.5 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks) are the highest-paid pitchers.

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