Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

Yu Darvish, the top pitcher on a listless free-agent market, on Saturday agreed to sign with the Chicago Cubs for $126 million over six years, sources told Yahoo Sports. The deal will be worth $126 million, with incentives making it worth up to $150 million, Rosenthal reported. The 31-year-old went 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA with both the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

But for Fantasy Baseball purposes, I'm more interested in the other side of the coin: The Cubs chose Darvish.

With the addition, the Cubs boast a rotation of Lester, Darvish, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. That amount is considerably less than the offer they reportedly made to Arrieta (4-years, $110 million, a $27.5 million AAV), and allows the Cubs to remain well below the luxury tax threshold for this season.

But it could certainly be true that the only teams in the market for expensive free-agent talent are those intending to compete for World Series championships.

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Darvish was arguably the best free agent on the market this year along with starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. 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. In two World Series starts for the Dodgers, Davish gave up eight earned runs over 3.2 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Houston Astros, in Los Angeles. What may be a concern, however, is the fact that Darvish has thrown 2,127 2/3 innings in his professional career, has a Tommy John surgery on his resume and will be with the Cubs in his age 31-36 seasons. Montgomery will likely also be utilized as a spot starter throughout the season, as he was previous year when he made 14 starts for the Cubs. The following season, he got his second All-Star Game nod and was second in voting for Cy Young behind Max Scherzer.

The Cubs have been rumored to be in the running for Darvish for months as they look to fill the void left behind by former Cy Young victor Jake Arrieta.

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