Darvish signs massive contract with Cubs
|Saturday, February 10, 2018, 3:29 PM- -|
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a six-year, $126 million contract with free-agent starter Yu Darvish. The deal could reach $150 million with incentives and includes an opt-out clause after the second year and no-trade protection.
Darvish, 31, split last season between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers going 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA striking out 209 batters in 186.2 innings. He was also selected to his fourth career All-Star Game appearance. However, he had a rough World Series as he was tipping his pitches with a 0-2 record with 21.60 ERA. During his MLB career, Darvish is 56-42 with 3.42 ERA with 1021 strikeouts and 1.18 WHIP.
His 11.04 strikeouts per nine innings is the highest mark in MLB history among pitchers with 100+ career starts. Darvish has a four-seamer, slider, sinker, curve, cutter, change-up and splitter at his disposal at any given pitch.
Darvish is the fourth free agent to sign a $100M deal with the Cubs, but the 3rd in the last four offseasons according to ESPN Stats. (Jason Heyward 8-year/$184M deal, Jon Lester 6-year/$155M deal).
The deal will be officially announced when Darvish passes a physical. This is the seventh free agent pitcher that the Cubs have signed this offseason and it is the most since 1990 by the ballclub. It appears that the North Siders are not going to sit on their laurels as the Brewers and Cardinals have gotten better this offseason.
Former Cubs starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are currently unsigned free agents with spring training only a few weeks away.
Clarification: Darvish six-year guarantee with #Cubs is $126M with ability to get to $150M, according to sources.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 10, 2018