Cubs, Yu Darvish agree on six-year contract

Report: Cubs Reach 6-Year Deal With Yu Darvish

His performance at the end of last season likely contributed to those icy waters, so two years of strong performance would help, too.

If Darvish is "only" making $21 million per year (on average) in this deal, it's a relative steal for the Cubs, who let Jake Arrieta and John Lackey walk in free agency and signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year $38 million deal. The star right-hander, however, chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs instead. Saturday, news broke by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that Darvish would be headed to Chicago, pending a physical.

Last season, Darvish helped the Los Angeles Dodgers reach the World Series after a midsummer trade from the Texas Rangers.

Pitchers and catchers report to Sloan Park this week, and now, so does Yu Darvish. Darvish has a career 3.42 ERA.




The Cubs have faith that Darvish's World Series flop was the exception, not the rule. 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.

After a 103-win 2016 season that culminated in a World Series title, the Cubs won 11 fewer games past year and lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, but will enter 2018 with a projected rotation of Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood, which will rank among the best in the league.

Darvish came to the United States as a Japanese pitching phenom and early on lived up that. The following season, he got his second All-Star Game nod and was second in voting for Cy Young behind Max Scherzer. Over 94 starts during that period, Arrieta posted an ERA of 2.71. Arrieta forever will occupy a place in the hearts of Cubs fans, but Epstein and Hoyer listened to their heads, which told them Darvish projected as a more elite pitcher over the next five years.

Just before the beginning of spring training, the have reportedly made a huge splash on the free agent market. He went 10-12, had an ERA of 3.86, threw 186.2 innings pitched, had 209 strikeouts, and a 3.8 WAR. He did manage to make this past season's Midsummer Classic. With a legitimate five-pitch-mix and improved command in recent years, Darvish has grown into an extremely good Major League Baseball starter. Over the past two seasons the Cubs have made significant pre-deadline deals to improve their staff, so if new closer Brandon Morrow doesn't work out or the injury bug hits their starting staff they still have some recourse before October.

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