Well just when things couldn’t get better for the Cubs with some great free agency additions, they bolstered their rotation on Saturday agreeing to sign ace Yu Darvish to a 6-Year $126 million deal that can reach $150 million with Cy Young incentives.
There were several questions regarding Darvish and whether he would be signed before Spring Training. His asking price seemed to be too steep for many teams, but he came to terms with the Cubs for just about $21 million per year.
The numbers are pretty good for the 31-year old. Darvish went 10-12 last season with a 3.86 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. However, his numbers with the Dodgers were better with a 4-3 record to go along with a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. The Cubs are betting on the pre-Tommy John Yu Darvish who won ten games in each of his first three seasons. Since then, he has only missed that mark once because it was a shortened 2016 season due to surgery recovery.
Darvish really bolsters a starting rotation that is no doubt the best in baseball now. You have Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish, Jose Quintana, and Tyler Chatwood. Not to mention you have bullpen guys like Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler who could also start. This rotation was already stacked with talent, but now it includes incredible talent with great experience. There is no way you can stop this force of five good starters.
Not only did the Cubs swipe Darvish from any potential NL Central teams, they also beat out their new rivals Los Angeles who matched the length but not the full guaranteed salary. It’s really a win-win for the Cubs because they definitely couldn’t be worse and can only be even greater.