Yu Darvish Signs with Chicago Cubs

11 February, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Nora May

The Cubs signed righthander Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million deal on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Darvish had been one of the most coveted pitchers in this year's free-agent market and also reportedly received a substantial offer last month from Chicago's division rival, the Milwaukee Brewers. In 31 combined starts last season, he was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA.

Darvish joins a Cubs rotation that features Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood.

Even with some red flags, Darvish is a huge addition for a team that will compete for another World Series in 2018. The choice to give Darvish a sixth guaranteed year undoubtedly went a long way toward the Cubs' winning the bidding. He dominated the Cubs in the NLCS, pitching into the seventh and allowing just one run in his lone start in the series. He's still an excellent starting pitcher to build a rotation around and will immediately make the Cubs more unsafe as they chase a World Series title in 2018 and beyond. The 31-year-old right-hander was among the top players available in a slow-moving free agent market this winter.

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Arrieta was good last season, when he posted a 2.28 ERA after the All-Star break and made 20 road starts, the most by a Cub in 37 years. Since undergoing surgery, Darvish has a record of 17-17, with a 3.64 ERA, in 287 innings pitched, and 341 strikeouts in 48 starts. The Cubs had the money to sign Darvish, with approximately $30-$35 million to stay under the luxury tax this season.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs acknowledges the crowd after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Most rumblings had Epstein more interested in pursuing a younger, less expensive starter who was under team control for two or more seasons, like Tampa Bay's Chris Archer or Toronto's Marcus Stroman. Like a slew of other teams, the Cubs didn't meet with Darvish until after they realized his initial price tag wasn't going to be met as the free agent market sputtered.

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