Yu Darvish: Signs six-year deal with Cubs

Jessica Allison
February 11, 2018

According to multiple reports, the 31-year-old righty has agreed to a six-year deal worth $126 million (with the capability of pushing the number to $150 million). According to Ken Rosenthal, the Chicago Cubs have put a big exclamation point on their starting rotation, signing right-hander Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million deal. He began a year ago with Texas and was traded to Los Angeles in July, going a combined 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA.

We'll see if the Darvish signing opens the door for the other free agents still waiting to ink deals, including righthander Jake Arrieta, who spent the last 4.5 seasons with the Cubs. Theo Epstein has turned the Cubs into one of - if not the - prime free agent destination during his tenure. Darvish started 164 games, was 93-38, had an ERA of 1.99, threw 55 complete games (18 shutouts), pitched 1268.1 innings, and had 1,250 strikeouts. He's still an excellent starting pitcher to build a rotation around and will immediately make the Cubs more risky as they chase a World Series title in 2018 and beyond. Texas, Milwaukee, Minnesota and the New York Yankees also reportedly expressed some level of interest, but Chicago's approach paid off with the agreement just days before the start of spring training. The Dodgers are among the large-market teams endeavoring to keep their payrolls under the luxury-tax threshold. He had 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. In the Cubs' case that draft pick compensation didn't matter with re-signing Arrieta, though it may have been a factor in their decision to not pursue him very hard.

In the World Series, however, he was roughed up in both of his starts against the Houston Astros (8 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings) and he took the loss in the decisive Game 7.

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

Last October, Darvish beat the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

Other free agent pitchers who have yet to sign include Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Hellickson. After year three, he made three straight All-Star games.

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