Chicago Cubs sign Yu Darvish

Chicago Cubs sign Yu Darvish

Chicago Cubs sign Yu Darvish

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. This is how you sustain success.

Cubs president Theo Epstein just might find himself on another Fortune Magazine cover after all.

Despite today's news, Cubs fans almost thought they had signed the Japanese pitcher a little over a month ago. The Cubs had the money to sign Darvish, with approximately $30-$35 million to stay under the luxury tax this season. Arrieta's decline in velocity and command has been slight but not insignificant enough for the Cubs to ignore.

Flags fly forever though and if the addition of Darvish can help the Cubs win their second title in three years, it'll be worth it.

The four-time All-Star has had injury problems, missing the 2015 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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He pitched in the NLDS, NLCS, and twice in the World Series. As an Astros player told Sports Illustrated, Darvish - who always pitches out of the stretch - tipped his pitches by the way he moved the ball into his glove from the set position.

Cubs sources disputed earlier reports they were close to a deal, noting that while communication lines were open after their meeting, no progress had been made toward a conclusion.

We've already seen what Darvish could conceivably do as a member of the NL, with its pitcher spot in place of the designated hitter and a greater volume of pitchers' parks - nine of the 15 NL parks favored pitchers over hitters using five-year (2013-17) data in terms of run-scoring environments as well as inflating strikeout potential.

After a 103-win 2016 season that culminated in a World Series title, the Cubs won 11 fewer games a year ago and lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, but will enter 2018 with a projected rotation of Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood, which will rank among the best in the league. They clearly believed more in Darvish moving forward than Arreita. After his World Series disaster, Darvish apologized to Dodgers fans. In the context of the Cubs, they are getting a player who won't be overwhelmed by the scrutiny that accompanies playing in a major market at Wrigley Field for a team in contention from Day 1.

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