Febrero 19, 2018

Cubs announce 6-year deal with Darvish

15 Febrero 2018, 06:09 | Gerardo Tarin

Dennis Wierzbicki- USA Today Sports

Dennis Wierzbicki- USA Today Sports

It came at a mighty price - six-years with a chance to make up to $150 million dollars - but the two-time NL Central winners and World Series Champion once removed had their guy for the rotation.

Barring any injuries or massive underperformance, the Cubs should contend during this season, and after developing most of their position players, the Cubs should have a contending team for several years. Morrow developed into one of the best relievers in the game, going 6-0 with a 2.46 ERA in 46 appearances last season out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen.

The Twins were very much enamored with Darvish, even if they knew they weren't going to get him.

Yu Darvish is officially a Cub and he's officially coming after the Dodgers.

A few key newcomers in the bullpen should also help for a team that has put up big offensive numbers the last few seasons. This is about what Darvish can do with the five-plus pitches that made most baseball "experts" rate him No. 1 among this year's free agent prospects. Darvish is 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA for his career. While adding, say, a Jason Vargas or Chris Tillman on a one-year deal is probably more palatable for the Phillies, Arrieta could fall into their laps.

In fact, when you take a close look back at the Cubs' rebuild, you realize that current Cubs management did its best work with trades and free agent signings.

In the American League, the Yankees are looking scary again.

All that and more this week on Out of Left Field. His opening message to them was welcoming them back and reminding them that spring training is a long time. It may turn out to be that the leadoff spot is a shared arrangement that involves Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr. and Ben Zobrist, depending on the matchups.

The fiercest competition will come from the Dodgers and Nationals, but neither team can quite match Chicago's newly constructed rotation. After all, the Cards will want to keep pace with the Cubs, and with Arrieta being given little attention by the Cubs this offseason, he may have a little extra incentive to sign with their biggest rival.

Morrow, who has 18 saves in his career, went 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA and a WHIP of 0.92 for the Dodgers a year ago.

The winds of change swept through Wrigley Field last October as Jake Arrieta walked off the mound one final time in this golden era of Cubs baseball. The last man on that list has more career innings in the postseason than Maeda had during the 2017 regular season, and Roark has only made one postseason start in his career.

The point is, a lot can happen over six years. In 2017, it was.259/.326/.389 with 11 homers and 59 RBIs. "We think this is going to be a tremendous fit", Epstein said. Darvish could help them grow, and if they meet expectations, Although the Cubs will pay Darvish $20 million per season as he enters his mid-30s, the Cubs will still have plenty of money to work with due to their relatively cheap pitching with the team controlled pitchers.

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