Cubs, Darvish finalize contract

Courtesy of Matthew Straubmuller Former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA against the Cubs in the 2017 National Championship Series

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Chicago Cubs and pitcher Yu Darvish had reached an agreement on a six-year, $126 million contract. In eight career starts vs N.L. Central teams, he has earned a 2.42 ERA and has not allowed more than three runs in any of those games.This is just the news Cubs fans want to hear, as they'll some new competition in the division like Marcell Ozuna with the Cardinals and both Yelich and Cain with the Brew Crew. Adding Darvish to the mix makes an already contending Cubs team even more formidable.

"First of all, there were a lot of reasons for what happened. from the possibility of tipping pitches, the difficulty with the baseballs and then the Astros were red-hot". His walk rate was a full three percentage points higher than Darvish's a year ago.

When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard.

On a roster of every day players that are almost all still relatively young, there are no less than seven former first-round draft picks.

The Cubs spent all winter trying to replace Jake Arrieta, who remains an unsigned free agent, and John Lackey in the rotation.

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"We worked hard at it, and in the end we felt it was very important that he be able to come in and be with the rest of his teammates at the start of camp". But at least he'll have a couple years of likely postseason appearances to redeem himself after those World Series duds last year. With the addition of Darvish, the Cubs can hope to have eliminated the need to deal prospects away for starters as they did to acquire Jose Quintana from the White Sox last July. After all, the 6,105 round-trippers we saw in 2,430 games (2.51 per game) shattered the 17-year-old major league record of 5,693. During his Major League Baseball career, he is 38-22 with a 2.94 ERA. For now, however, it means nothing but good things for the Cubs organization, who now have one of MLB's premier rotations, all without giving up a draft pick or going over the luxury tax.

Left-handed swing man Mike Montgomery will be stretched out again in spring training, but he's just as likely to return to the bullpen.

It's been a mostly boring offseason, but all eyes will be on the Cubs' camp this spring.

Spring training games may tell us how it will go when Opening Day arrives. Darvish will also turn 32 in August and will be under contract with the Cubs until he is 37. Outfielders Jayson Heyward (14th pick in 2007), Kyle Schwarber (fourth in 2014), Albert Almora, Jr.

From that moment on, the Cubs were in Darvish's mind as a top candidate among the half-dozen teams trying to get his services for 2018 and beyond. Sometimes, the best-laid plans find a way to go astray.


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