Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

Kerry Wise
February 11, 2018

Cubs sources disputed earlier reports they were close to a deal, noting that while communication lines were open after their meeting, no progress had been made toward a conclusion.

Darvish ended last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being acquired from the Texas Rangers on July 31.

Over the course of his five-year career, Darvish has pitched to the tune of a 3.42 ERA with a 1.148 WHIP, 3.38 FIP and an 11 SO/9 ratio. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Darvish will make $126 million with the chance to make $150 million through incentives.

Darvish was arguably the best free agent on the market this year along with starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

This signing is exactly what the Cubs needed to do to beef up their roster, and the inclusion of Darvish should help the team navigate through what has become a much more interesting NL Central division. First baseman Eric Hosmer, who has yet to sign, is believed to have received multiple seven-year, nine-figure contracts this winter.

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One big signing, of course, does not prove anything, and the industry will still be watching to see how the rest of this late-forming market unfolds.

"The [2016] World Series is still fresh in our minds", Bryant said, "but that happened a while ago so now it's 'do it all over again.' You can't use that as an excuse anymore". The following season, he got his second All-Star Game nod and was second in voting for Cy Young behind Max Scherzer.

Last season, the Chicago Cubs were within two games of another World Series appearance.

The Cubs' rotation, already stacked up fairly well for the coming year, is now unquestionably one of the best in baseball, as Darvish joins fellow acquisition Tyler Chatwood in joining a strong group that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Kyle Hendricks. He went 4-3 in nine starts with a 3.44 ERA (49.2 IP/19 ER) and 61 strikeouts after the trade. 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. 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 USA career pitching at Texas' Globe Life Park, which severely deflates them. This is likely a correctable issue moving forward and the Cubs probably agree given they handed Darvish this deal. At an outlay of $21 million per year for Darvish, the Cubs aren't hamstrung going forward. Secondly, Darvish has a Tommy John surgery on his ledger and also a significant workload in the pro ranks dating back to his age 18 season in Japan.