Cubs Sign Free Agent Yu Darvish

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According to Ken Rosenthal, the Chicago Cubs have signed Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract, which could rise to $150 million through performance incentives.

Darvish will take Jake Arrieta's place in the rotation.

Epstein said Darvish was their top target.

Although the Red Sox would be the best fit for Martinez, a team like the Mariners or Angels could make a move for him late. In 2017, he pitched Opening Day for the Rangers for the first time in the majors before the trade to the Dodgers.

No player will be scrutinized more carefully during spring training than the so-called Babe Ruth of Japan.

The inevitable change brought the Cubs a new frontline pitcher but maintained the same championship hopes in Wrigleyville. Even with their stellar rotation, the Cubs needed to add a top end starter to stay competitive with the Dodgers and Nationals, and to fend off the Cardinals. This is about what Darvish can do with the five-plus pitches that made most baseball "experts" rate him No. 1 among this year's free agent prospects.

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Several weeks later, however, Hosmer is still a free agent.

In doing so, the Dodgers are looking at mostly the same roster.

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And yet, Jake Arrieta may well be the best pitcher now on the market.

Chatwood had a rough season for the Colorado Rockies previous year, going 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA.

Following the 2015 and 2016 seasons, in which the Cubs experienced remarkable good fortune with the health of their pitching staff, they had to send each of their starters to the DL at one point or another in 2017.

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Callaway is impressive to talk to in person, no doubt. Both Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb are still unsigned as well.

Or so it would seem, but nobody has done it since the Joe Torre Yankees had their three-peat in 1998-99-2000, so obviously it takes more than talent. "But that playful side has really come out". The World Champions even improved by adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation, which already features Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers, and Charlie Morton.

Darvish's otherwise sterling career should quiet worries over his World Series performance.

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But for how long?

This doesn't include first baseman Anthony Rizzo or utility man Ben Zobrist, both later-round choices, or the sensational young catcher, Willson Contreras, a free agent signed out of Venezuela at age 17. So how he handles the heat when the Marlins are 25 games under.500 by July should be quite fascinating.

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