Cubs reportedly very interested in Yu Darvish
Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports
Are Yu serious? The Chicago Cubs are in the running for the services of free agent pitcher Yu Darvish according to a media report from Japan's Nikkan Sports.
This report is translated from Japan media says that the "Cubs emerged as the dominant candidate for the transfer of Darvish." The Twins and Astro were also mentioned as leading candidates to acquire Darvish.
For the 2017 season, he was 10-12 with 3.86 ERA with 209 strikeouts and 1.16 WHIP. During his MLB career, Darvish is 56-42 with 3.42 ERA with 1021 strikeouts and 1.18 WHIP.
Recently, the Cubs may have shifted from trying to sign free agent pitcher Alex Cobb after his reported $20 million price tag per season that his agent has been trying to get from various teams including the Cubs and Yankees.
Mlbtraderumors.com has Darvish ranked as their No. 1 free agent overall and had him projected recently to go to the Cubs with a six-year deal worth 160 million.
"The 31-year-old righty should have no problem setting a new free agent record for a Tommy John survivor, passing Jordan Zimmermann’s five-year, $110MM deal," MLBTR.com said. "Seven-year contracts have historically been reserved for slightly younger pitchers without elbow surgery on their resume, so we’re expecting six years for Darvish. Free agent starters have exceeded a $25MM salary four different times, and we’re projecting Darvish to become the fifth."
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