Cubs, Darvish agree to 6-year deal

His waiting paid out, as Yu Darvish signs a deal that could be worth $150 million in total (with incentives) if all things go well for him. 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. His 27 home runs allowed and 1.3 home runs per nine innings were the worst of his career. And as it turns out, the free agent market worked in their favor when Darvish couldn't find the reported seven-year contract he wanted (preferably for the $175 million Stephen Strasburg signed for with the Nationals, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman) and may have been more willing to meet their price. 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 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. The Japanese star is expected to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who became a free agent after finishing the year in Chicago. Since 2012, only one pitcher has throwns 800 innings with a better strikeout rate than Darvish's 29.7%, and his name is Max Scherzer.

The right-hander made 31 starts a year ago between the Rangers and Dodgers, pitching to a 3.86 ERA with a near-identical 3.83 FIP. Los Angeles is committed to staying under the luxury tax threshold this year.

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Some concern surfaced across baseball regarding Darvish's performance at the end of the season, as the Astros crushed him twice in the World Series, but most believed that was because he was tipping his pitches and not anything physical in nature. In 31 starts between the Rangers and Dodgers in 2017, Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA. Darvish finished second in the American League Cy Young voting in 2013, one of two seasons in which he made more than 30 starts. Perhaps this will set the wheels in motion for other free agent signings.

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