Cubs sign Yu Darvish to 6-year, $126 million contract

Feb 11, 2018, 05:07
Cubs sign Yu Darvish to 6-year, $126 million contract

Rosenthal reports that Darvish's deal guarantees $126 million, but could get up to $150 million through incentives. Since December, Darvish has been considered the top free-agent pitcher on the market.

With the addition, the Cubs boast a rotation of Lester, Darvish, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. He shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS, striking out seven while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. A team like the Cubs will be gunning to win it all this year, and they'll count on Darvish to help win some big games.

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He went a combined 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA during the regular season, but won starts in the National League division series and championship series as the Dodgers won the NL pennant. The Dodgers are among the large-market teams endeavoring to keep their payrolls under the luxury-tax threshold.

The righty starter has also made six postseason starts, has a record of 2-4, recorded an ERA of 5.81, struck out 25 batters, and threw 26.1 innings pitched. The Japanese star is expected to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who became a free agent after a successful run in the Windy City. Still, Darvish probably deserved a little more, and he fell short of the predictions that both Jon Heyman and a baseball insider made at the start of the offseason. For one things, Darvish was famously awful in the World Series previous year, and his two bad performances - whether they were because of a slider-proof baseball or because he was tipping his offspeed pitches - probably cost the Dodgers a World Series title.

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Darvish, 31, is a four-time all-star who split last season between the Texas Rangers and Dodgers, famously imploding for the latter in a pair of ugly, brief starts during the World Series.

At 31 years old, Darvish no longer looks like the ace he was at his best in 2013 when he finished second in AL Cy Young voting.

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Other free agent pitchers who have yet to sign include Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Hellickson. Darvish's 2017 season had its ups and downs, including a disastrous performance in the World Series, but ultimately he still had a productive year.

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