Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract

Yu Darvish agreed to a six-year deal worth a guaranteed $126 million with the Chicago Cubs, potentially opening the door for baseball's best unsigned players to finally find homes for 2018 and beyond. His walk rate was a full three percentage points higher than Darvish's a year ago.

A four-time All-Star, Darvish finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them knock out the defending champion Cubs in the playoffs to reach the World Series.

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.

Reuters/Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsChicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning in game two of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field, Oct. 26, 2016.

Cishek threw well for the Seattle Mariners last season, going 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 49 games. "And he's really good at making his pitches look like strikes, and all of a sudden they're balls".

Darvish struggled mightily in the World Series, but his electric stuff paired with the Cubs' pitching needs makes his signing a no-brainer.


The Cubs have moved on from Arrieta now that they have Darvish, eliminating one of the right-hander's options. With all due respect to Mike Montgomery, previously projected to be in the rotation before the Darvish acquisition, that seems to be a fair number. Plus pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and that is always a great day.

Jose Quintana should feel more comfortable as a Cub heading into spring training after last summer's trade from the White Sox.

All that and more this week on Out of Left Field. "I'm sure we're going to be open to using them all and let him do what he wants to do". Outfielders Jayson Heyward (14th pick in 2007), Kyle Schwarber (fourth in 2014), Albert Almora, Jr. The Twins were pretty quickly taken off the list, but it was rumored that the remaining three teams besides the Cubs, were in it until the end. That the Cubs chose to break the stalemate on Darvish certainly sends a twofold message to the rest of Major League Baseball: (1) they're ready for the 2018 season and (2) maybe y'all should sign some of these free agent pitchers now. For now, they'll go with Brandon Morrow, whom they signed after getting an eyeful against the Dodgers in the NLCS.

Baseball Prospectus updated its PECOTA projections to reflect the Darvish signing, adding three wins to the Cubs' calculations in 2018 to bring them to a 92-win projection.

The Brewers, who rocked the National League just a couple of weeks ago by trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain, are still in need of pitching.

Bullpens are the most fickle part of a team, and the bullpen a team begins the season with rarely is the one at the end.

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