When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and different Chicago Cubs’ officers remaining December within the Dallas space, the Japanese pitcher preferred what he heard.
“The Cubs really stood out, and everyone was sincere at the meeting,” Darvish mentioned Tuesday via a translator after finalizing a $126 million US, six-year contract.
The settlement is by means of a long way the most important deal in a slow-moving loose agent marketplace, topping outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s $80 million, five-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave outfielder Justin Upton a $106 million, five-year contract in November earlier than he may just turn out to be a loose agent.
Darvish joins a rotation that comes with Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, who agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract in December.
“Yu was our primary target,” mentioned Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. “It’s a great day for the Cubs organization to welcome a pitcher of this calibre. He is probably the pre-eminent strikeout pitcher of our generation. We are getting him at a wonderful point in his career where he has matured and is ready to go out and do some special things, with the World Series being his top priority.”
Stepping into void left by means of Arrieta
A four-time all-star, Darvish completed remaining season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, serving to them knock out the protecting champion Cubs within the playoffs to achieve the World Series. The 31-year-old Japanese right-hander is anticipated to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who become a loose agent.
Darvish went Four-Three with a three.44 ERA in 9 begins with the Dodgers down the stretch. He close down the Cubs in Game Three of the NLCS, hanging out seven whilst pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field.
But Darvish used to be hit arduous within the World Series in opposition to Houston, managing simply 5 outs in every of his two begins — together with a Game 7 loss.
“I am honoured to be part of such a wonderful organization like the Chicago Cubs,” Darvish mentioned. “I want to get along with the team as soon as possible and met everyone’s expectations.”