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Cubs reportedly sign Darvish to 6-year, $126M deal

11 February 2018, 05:09 | Nina Perez

Chicago has agreed to a six-year deal with right-hander Yu Darvish, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday afternoon. There is an opt-out clause included in the contract, and performance clauses can push the deal up to $150 million.

The Yankees surfaced as a possible destination for Darvish, but considering ownership's mandate to stay under the $197 million luxury tax, they wouldn't have been able to give him the contract the Cubs did, at over $20 million per year.

Darvish, a four-time All-Star, started last season with the Texas Rangers before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deadline deal.

But for Fantasy Baseball purposes, I'm more interested in the other side of the coin: The Cubs chose Darvish.

Darvish joins a Cubs rotation that features Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood.

Milwaukee reportedly pitched a $100-plus offer to Darvish recently, which he turned down. Before he toes the rubber for the first time with the team days from now in Mesa, Arizona, the rest of baseball's top remaining free agents likely will fall like dominos to new teams of their own. During his career, he has 1,021 strikeouts in 832 1/3 innings. It certainly doesn't mean Arrieta would've been better going forward for the Cubs, who now have in Darvish a 31-year-old with a dizzying array of pitches and arguably as much pure talent as anyone in the game.

Just before the beginning of spring training, the have reportedly made a huge splash on the free agent market.

Post-Tommy John, he is 17-17 in 48 starts with a 3.70 ERA and 341 strikeouts.

It's worth noting that Darvish had a very poor showing in the 2017 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, thanks in part to tipping his pitches. He finished the regular season with a 10-12 record and a 3.86 ERA (118 ERA+), striking out 209 batters and walking 58 in 186⅔ innings. Darvish made two postseason starts for the Rangers, one each in 2012 and 2016, and lost them both. The former two showed only tepid interest due to their commitment to staying under the fake salary cap, and the latter two are likely going to focus on the remaining free agent starters - Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb.

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