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Old 02-10-2018, 03:56 PM
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Default Cubs sign Yu Darvish to 6-year/$126 million contract

The Cubs lost Jake Arrieta from last year's team, so rumors persisted that despite siging a bunch of free agent pitchers this offseason, they were still looking to sign one of the top free agent starters.
Today thay signed Yu Darvish, who pitched nearly all of his MLB career with the Texas Rangers, but was traded to the Dodgers late last season. He did not have a very good World Series against the Houston Astros. He was a pretyy reliable starter from 2012-2014, then missed the entire 2015 season with a torn UCL< and required Tommy John surgery. He has not quite regained his elite status since that injury year.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...210-story.html
https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...arviyu01.shtml
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Old 02-10-2018, 04:38 PM
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..He did not have a very good World Series against the Houston Astros...
Darvish did pitch pretty well down the stretch of the regular season, giving up only 2 runs in his final 3 starts in Sept., then also in his first two games in the post-season, going 2-0, giving up only 2 runs.
But he clearly could not handle the Houston lineup and got hit hard by them.
It will be interesting to see how Arrieta does with his next team - he is holding out for a long term deal, but so far nobody wants to offer him one....so he might have to settle for a short term deal. He was a "rock star" in Chicago and very well loved....and he might find that fans can be pretty fickle and hostile elsewhere.
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Old 02-10-2018, 05:01 PM
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Most major league teams dislike Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras. His initial demands paid out in a nicely prepared booklet sent to all 30 major league teams suggested he was seeking a 7-year contract with a value of $200 million or more. He will be 32 in a month, and no MLB team is going to go for a 7-year deal with that kind of money. Then Boras hinted that 6-years and ~$160 million might get Arrieta, but still no team was interested in that many years. The Cubs reportedly were willing to offer 4-years and $110 million, but Arrieta and Boras were not willing to listen.
So now it seems probable Arrieta will not get much more than the 5-year/$126 million deal Darvish got.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:56 PM
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It's been speculated that since the Cubs weren't making a big push for Arrieta that maybe they know something that was preventing them from making a big commitment. For almost a 2 year period he pitched as good as anybody every has and he certainly was one of the reasons why the Cubs won it all in 2016 so, as a die hard Cubs fan, I'll always appreciate what he did. I can see him end up in Washington because they have a lot of Boras clients on the roster or possible in Philadelphia as they have been rumored to be offering him the most years and money. Hopefully he doesn't go down I-55 or up I-94 to play for either of those teams.
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