Cubs, Darvish agree to 6-year deal

Rumor: Teams May Only Offer Jake Arrieta Short Term Deals

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Saturday afternoon that Yu Darvish has agreed to a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs worth $126 million, including incentives that could ultimately boost his earnings to $150 million.

Over the course of his five-year career, Darvish has pitched to the tune of a 3.42 ERA with a 1.148 WHIP, 3.38 FIP and an 11 SO/9 ratio.

The 31-year-old split time between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, going 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA last season with 209 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. However, the right-hander did suffer a very subpar postseason, posting a 5.81 ERA across six starts, which possibly hurt his value heading into the offseason.

After a 103-win 2016 season that culminated in a World Series title, the Cubs won 11 fewer games previous year and lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, but will enter 2018 with a projected rotation of Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood, which will rank among the best in the league. While Darvish's new deal doesn't officially close the door on a return from Jake Arrieta, it certainly makes it less likely. Considering that they've sold $168 million in World Series Championship sweatshirts just to guys named Keith over the last two years, there's probably a little more payroll flexibility to work with. The Cubs' payroll is roughly $168 million with Darvish's $21 million average salary, according to Spotrac, which gives them the sixth-highest payroll in baseball.

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Other teams rumored to be in the Darvish hunt were the Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers, and Twins.

The Cubs' rotation, already stacked up fairly well for the coming year, is now unquestionably one of the best in baseball, as Darvish joins fellow acquisition Tyler Chatwood in joining a strong group that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Kyle Hendricks. That was three years, one month and 27 days from this writing. That type of production is exactly that the Cubs were seeking and the Cubs managed to acquire that production without giving out a draft pick or trading from their plethora of position players (Ian Happ, Addison Russell, Javier Baez).

It looks like the waiting game has helped the Ricketts family save more money, so, yay?

The Cubs' rotation now appears to be set.

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