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

Jake Arrieta turned down last-call Cubs offer before Yu Darvish signing, report says

But maybe that will change in a hurry, starting with Yu Darvish going to the Cubs on Saturday for six years and $126 million - the biggest signing of this mostly-stalled free-agent market. Whereas the strength of the rotation was the paramount concern at the beginning of free agency, Darvish and the Cubs are suddenly poised to challenge for their second World Series trophy in three years. He's got a.574 slugging percentage and a.300 batting average over the last four years.

It's hard to say which Yu Darvish the Cubs will get: the one that showed up in the World Series a year ago or the 2013 Darvish that finished second in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

On a roster of every day players that are almost all still relatively young, there are no less than seven former first-round draft picks.

Plus, the 2017 World Series MVP just inked a new deal with the champion Houston Astros. The Japanese star was dominant upon his arrival to the league, posting ERAs of 2.83 and 3.06 in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the Texas Rangers.

The latest Major League Baseball free agency rumors surrounding Jake Arrieta suggest that he might find a new home with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Darvish's otherwise sterling career should quiet worries over his World Series performance. During his Major League Baseball career, he is 38-22 with a 2.94 ERA. It's easily the greatest day of the year.

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The Mets say they were sold on Callaway as a first-time manager largely by his high-energy personality and leadership qualities, but let's be real: they took a gamble that the Indians' former pitching coach can be a horse whisperer of sorts to their once-ballyhooed starting rotation. Even for all that he offers as an effective swingman, Montgomery simply can not compete with that. It seems unlikely that Darvish should continue those struggles into 2018, especially given how much of a pitchers-friendly park Wrigley Field can be in the waning months of the season.

"We were able to engage and have a pretty in-depth baseball conversation about ways he could maximize his deep arsenal of pitches and fit in with our approach of trying to get guys out".

And so our Cubbies did what our Cubbies did best - they went above and beyond.

Should Darvish stay healthy, he will provide the Cubs with the flawless addition to the rotation.

A few key newcomers in the bullpen should also help for a team that has put up big offensive numbers the last few seasons. The results in 2017 were only marginally better than they were in 2016, the first season of Heyward's eight-year, $184 million contract.

And, if you do a little bit of comparison between the projections for Darvish and Arrieta, it's somewhat hard not to feel like Darvish gives the Chicago Cubs more for a whole lot less.

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