Cubs Signal Yu Darvish

Cubs Signal Yu Darvish

Rosenthal added that incentive clauses could boost the contract's value up to $150 million.

The much-anticipated free agent pitcher made it known that he was looking for at least six years and over $100 million.

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. Assuming he recovers from an apparent pitch-tipping issue which led to a pair of poor outings in the World Series, he should be a dominant pitcher in Chicago. Saturday, news broke by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that Darvish would be headed to Chicago, pending a physical. The guarantee is the longest and richest free agent deal of off-season. Darvish started 164 games, was 93-38, had an ERA of 1.99, threw 55 complete games (18 shutouts), pitched 1268.1 innings, and had 1,250 strikeouts. Epstein made sure the Cubs would be in on the starting pitchers on the market from Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, Jake Arrieta, and others. The Dodgers are among the large-market teams endeavoring to keep their payrolls under the luxury-tax threshold.

The Cubs, who have been bolstering the team in the offseason as they aim for their first World Series championship in two years, reached the playoffs for the third consecutive year last season but lost to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

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According to ESPN Stats & Information, Darvish has a 2.42 ERA in eight career starts against the NL Central, including the postseason. The four-time All-Star finished with a 3.86 ERA with 209 strikeouts and 159 hits allowed in 186.2 innings.

Darvish signed with Texas before the 2012 season and missed all of 2015 after elbow surgery. Some believe that Darvish signing will free up the logjam of other free agents - but that's no certainty, since there really are only a handful of free agents that approach his value.

Last season, the Chicago Cubs were within two games of another World Series appearance.

The 31-year-old ace will slot right into the top of the Cubs' rotation.

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