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 Posted: Sun Feb 11th, 2018 07:02 am
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CHICAGO — The winter-long dance is over.  Yu Darvish Pitcher Osaka, JPN w-l 10-12 era 3.86 whip 1.16 so 209 bb 58 ip 186.2 Status: Active
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Darvish has agreed to a $126 million, six-year contract with Chicago, giving the Cubs one of the deepest rotations in baseball and taking one of the top players off the slow-moving free agent market.
The 31-year-old Darvish met with Cubs officials way back in December and the sides remained in contact while the right-hander listened to other potential suitors. 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.
A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The move was first reported by The Athletic.
BREAKING: Yu Darvish to #Cubs, six year-deal in $150M range, sources tell The Athletic. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 10, 2018
Clarification: Darvish six-year guarantee with #Cubs is $126M with ability to get to $150M, according to sources.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 10, 2018
The addition of Darvish gives the Cubs a big boost as they try to return to the World Series after winning the title two years ago for the first time since 1908. He joins a formidable rotation that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, who agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract in December.
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. 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.
The deal for Darvish could help unlock the slow off-season across the sport. Arrieta, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015, remains on the market, and Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn also could draw more interest with Darvish locked up.
Darvish went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers down the stretch. 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.
Sources: Chances of Darvish getting to $150M with #Cubs quite slim; would need to win multiple Cy Young awards. His guarantee is $126M over six years, making contract the longest and richest free-agent deal of off-season.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 10, 2018
But Darvish was hit hard in the World Series against Houston, managing just five outs in each of his two starts — including a loss in Game 7 — and there was talk he was tipping his pitches.
The four-time All-Star has had injury problems, missing the 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He began last year with Texas and was traded to Los Angeles in July, going a combined 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA.
The deal with Darvish comes after the Cubs agreed to a minor league contract with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the pitcher.

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They call this a discounted rate in today's market. I still think the Cubs will be sorry. You can see that he is starting to lose it. Maybe he gives them a decent year this year. Maybe.

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The MLPA is in an uproar over players not automatically getting 800% increases in salary. They don't get it - sabremetrics are ruling the day. Guys like Martinez are finding that out the hard way. Still, he will settle for $25m a year so it is hard to cry for him. I think about the Howard contract from 09 that was for $25m a year. It didn't work out but at least he had historic numbers at that point. It is a complete joke that a guy like Martinez would think he is worth $30m a year. Then Harper is worth $50m and Trout will be worth $60m.

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The fact is, this free agent class isn't great. Darvish has had tons of arm trouble - none crippling him completely, but it has sapped him of a lot of what made him special. And he's one pitch away from Tommy John surgery. JD Martinez? He's a good player, but that's it...just good. Anybody that pays him coming off of his career year that he'll never in a million tries get to duplicate or even come close to is a moron.

Best free agent deal was Masahiro Tanaka. He had the option to opt out of his contract, but decided that his money was just fine and he's happy to be a Yankee. He cut the best deal of the offseason in my opinion. Followed closely, I'd have to say that Jay Bruce killed it because he saw early on that if he didn't take the offer he was given, somebody else would have and he'd be looking at a one year, $4 million deal just to get on a team.

When the upcoming free agent class has Bryce Harper and Manny Machado at least 90% certain to be in it, how can a player say that there's collusion against them?



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I agree star. GM and owners are being more discerning but these guys are still getting a crap load of $. Darvish has an almost zero chance of completing that contract.

The Phillies will go after Harper big time. They won't go after Trout because his contract isn't up until after 21. Talk to any Phils fans and they simply cannot accept this reality. They cannot pay both. They will go after the one they can get 2 years earlier. If they don't get Harper, then there is a chance they could get Trout. I just laugh every time I hear fans say he will come to Philly at a discount because he is from south jersey and has Eagles season tix.

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Ultimark wrote: The MLPA is in an uproar over players not automatically getting 800% increases in salary. They don't get it - sabremetrics are ruling the day. Guys like Martinez are finding that out the hard way. Still, he will settle for $25m a year so it is hard to cry for him. I think about the Howard contract from 09 that was for $25m a year. It didn't work out but at least he had historic numbers at that point. It is a complete joke that a guy like Martinez would think he is worth $30m a year. Then Harper is worth $50m and Trout will be worth $60m.
Trout will be a Phillie in 2021. I do think that Harper will get close to $40M a season on the open market.

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I think his contract runs through 2021. Could be wrong. That is why I am skeptical. They are building for a run starting in 19. I doubt they would want to wait that long to have the centerpiece. Would love to have Trout obviously. Hard to see it though.

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Ultimark wrote: I think his contract runs through 2021. Could be wrong. That is why I am skeptical. They are building for a run starting in 19. I doubt they would want to wait that long to have the centerpiece. Would love to have Trout obviously. Hard to see it though.
He has Eagles season tickets and his BFF is Carson Wentz who lives 10 minutes from Millville. To sign Trout, the Phils could trade anyone in that outfield and Santana would be off the books and Hoskins could move back to 1st base.

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Glad the Yankees stayed away. It's not even the $21 million a year, it's the 6 years. Too long for a guy who struggles to stay healthy.



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Glad the Yankees stayed away. It's not even the $21 million a year, it's the 6 years. Too long for a guy who struggles to stay healthy.



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nyhack56 wrote: Glad the Yankees stayed away. It's not even the $21 million a year, it's the 6 years. Too long for a guy who struggles to stay healthy.
Definitely agree.  Long-term contracts to pitchers are a sucker's bet unless it's such a good deal that you can get all the production in the first 3 years and then roll the dice and take whatever you can get after that.



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Cliff Lee comes to mind. We celebrated the resigning of him and he gave us about a year and a half until his arm fell off. He pitched 1/3 of the 14 season and the Phils had to pay him through 16.

I just find it incredible that the union thinks these guys are getting screwed.

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Darvish has an out clause after two years, btw. What I think is telling is Darvish has durability issues yet the Cubs elected to sign him over their own guy Jake Arrietta. What do the Cubs know about him (Arrietta)?

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