By Richard Kagan
The Chicago Cubs made a big splash in the free-agent market today, signing starting pitcher Yu Darvish to a 6 yr – $126million deal. The deal could reach $150M with incentives. Darvish 31, was one of the coveted pitchers on the market and the Cubs now have significantly improved their starting rotation.
Darvish did get hit hard in his 2017 World Series appearences. Apparently, he may have been tipping his pitches. But he virtually shut down the Cubs in the NLCS vs. the Dodgers, giving up a solo home run in 6.1 innings. Sometimes, if you can’t beat ’em, sign him up.
The Cubs already signed Chris Ginemez, a catcher who was Darvish personal catcher with the Texas Rangers. Darvish is a four-time all-star who was highly coveted last season. The Dodgers acquired him as it made a strong run to the World Series. Darvish was 10-12 last season with the Rangers and Dodgers. His ERA was 3.86. He struck out 209 hitters in 186.2 innings.
Darvish finished 2nd in Cy Young balloting in the American League in 2013. Then he underwent Tommy John surgery and did not pitch in 2014 and part of 2015.
The addition of Darvish helps make the Cubs with a formidable starting rotation, that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, and new addition, Tyler Chatwood.
Darvish has been pitching in high-pressure situations prior to and after his arm injury. The Cubs hope has has more gas in the tank.