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Chicago Cubs sign Yu Darvish to 6-year, $126 million deal

Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs

The already deep Chicago Cubs’ pitching rotation has just become a little deeper. Yu Darvish has signed a 6-year deal worth an estimated $126 million to call Wrigley field home. Darvish has been one of the top players in this year’s free agent market. A market that hasn’t seen a lot of action so far. The four-time MLB all-star was being sought by Milwaukee, Minnesota, Texas, and the New York Yankees. Darvish played for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year and helped them knock of the Cubs en route to the World Series. He’ll fill up the vacant spot left by Jake Arrieta whom is still waiting to sign with a team.

Adding Yu Darvish to the starting rotation gives Chicago one of the best rotations in baseball on paper. The 31-year-old will join Tyler Chatwood, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, and Jon Lester in the five-man rotation. With this signing, the Cubs have shown that they are spending some cash to make another run and the World Series. Chicago fielded a team era of 3.95 (7th MLB) last season and allowed opponents to bat just .238 (4th MLB) against a solid pitching staff. It’s unknown if Darvish can return to his 2013 form, but he is still a very solid pitcher. One that can regularly record over 200 strikeouts and keep his era down to the mid-to-low 3’s.

Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs

In 2013, Darvish led the MLB with 277 strikeouts. He also posted a career best 2.83 era with Texas that year as well.

With Yu Darvish now signed, the pace should pick up in baseball’s free agency. Some experts have went on the record saying that teams were waiting to see where Darvish ends up before making some major moves. Jake Arrieta still has yet to sign and so does Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. Those three are the other big names as far as pitching goes in free agency currently.

Pitching at Wrigley field should be no problem for Darvish as well. In game 3 of the NLCS, he went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just one run and striking out seven in a 6-1 victory over the Cubs. However, he did have Tommy John surgery in 2015 and is still yet to show signs of coming back fully healthy. Overall, he was streaky last season. Houston owned him in the World Series and it was rumored that Darvish was tipping his pitches. Regardless, this is a good pickup for the Cubs. In today’s MLB market, if you can’t beat them, sign them.