With spring coaching opening in Florida and Arizona subsequent week, the camp of unsigned free brokers has misplaced its ace. Yu Darvish, maybe probably the most distinguished pitcher left on the frigid open market, has agreed to a six-year, $126 million deal to hitch the Chicago Cubs.
The settlement, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, was confirmed by a baseball official who was granted anonymity as a result of Darvish should go a bodily for the deal to be official. It’s the richest contract given to any free agent this low season, each in years and , surpassing outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s five-year, $80 million cope with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Darvish, 31, is a four-time All-Star who beat the Cubs within the Nationwide League Championship Collection final fall as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s 56-42 with a three.42 earned run common in 5 seasons, principally with the Texas Rangers, and his 11.04 strikeouts per 9 innings lead all energetic pitchers with not less than 100 begins.
Together with the postseason, Darvish received six of his first 11 begins after the Dodgers acquired him from Texas in a commerce final July 31. However he was the goat of the World Series, permitting 9 runs and amassing solely 10 outs whereas dropping Video games three and seven to the Houston Astros.
Darvish was relieved in Recreation 7 by Brandon Morrow, who labored in each recreation of the World Collection and is now the Cubs’ nearer. The Cubs signed Morrow to a two-year, $21 million deal in December to switch Wade Davis, who went on to signal with the Colorado Rockies.
Moreover Darvish and Morrow, the Cubs have additionally signed Tyler Chatwood, the previous Colorado right-hander who thrived exterior of Coors Area final season, to a three-year, $38 million contract in early December. Darvish and Chatwood be a part of Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks in a rotation that ought to be imposing.