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Yu Darvish | Starting Pitcher | #11

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 216
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / TEX
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Cubs signed RHP Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract.
With Darvish arriving to Cubs' camp on Tuesday, the deal is now official. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the yearly salaries break down as follows: $25 million in 2018, $20 million in 2019, $22 million in 2020, $22 million in 2021, $19 million in 2022, and $18 million in 2023. He has an opt-out after two years and a full no-trade clause for the first four years. It then switches to a limited no-trade clause consisting of 12 teams. Darvish and Tyler Chatwood are the new additions to a strong rotation which also includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Kyle Hendricks. Feb 13 - 1:21 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yu Darvish's no-trade clause in his deal with the Cubs starts out as a full no-trade clause for part of the deal, then switches to a list of 12 teams.

That's the same setup that Jason Heyward has in his deal with the Cubbies. Even with a limited list toward the end of the contract, Darvish will still have plenty of veto power on where he winds up should the Cubs look to move on before the end of the six-year pact.
Feb 11 - 7:08 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports Yu Darvish can opt out after the second year of his agreed-upon, six-year deal with the Cubs.

In his six-year, $126 million deal from the Cubs, Darvish likely got less than he was originally aiming for, so the opt-out will give him an option to test the waters in a few years to see if they're any more friendly. His performance at the end of last season likely contributed to those icy waters, so two years of strong performance would help, too. With Darvish off the market, perhaps we start to see some other free agent starter dominoes fall, too.
Feb 10 - 7:02 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers were in the bidding on Yu Darvish right until he decided to sign with the Cubs.

That could mean that the Dodgers will still be in the market for pitching help and will turn to one of the lesser names available on the free agent market.
Feb 10 - 3:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs and Yu Darvish have come to an agreement on a six-year, $126 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and could run as high as $150 million with incentives. Finally, into the second week of February, there's a resolution to the top remaining name on the free agent market, which will hopefully allow for the other dominoes to fall into place, Darvish joins a stacked rotation that already boasts Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood.
Feb 10 - 2:57 PM

According to Darren Wilson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, the Twins have submitted a formal offer to free agent starter Yu Darvish.

The exact specifics of the offer are unknown, but Wolfson says on the latest episode of his podcast that it is believed to be four or five years in length. He also mentions that the Twins are reluctant at this point to push that offer to six years. Earlier on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Darvish has "several" offers on the table worth more than $100 million, and USA Today's Bob Nightengale mentioned that a number of them are in the five-year range. We could finally be seeing some progress with the top starting pitcher on the market, and Minnesota might have a real shot here. The Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, and Yankees are also thought to be in pursuit of the 31-year-old right-hander.
Source: ESPN 1500
Feb 7 - 11:04 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance on SiriusXM that the team is not likely to sign Yu Darvish or one of the other top free agent pitchers.

Speaking on MLB Network Radio, Daniels said, "We've maintained contact with Darvish but I think it is unlikely we'll bring in one of the upper end pitchers." This would seemingly eliminate Jake Arrieta and perhaps Alex Cobb as well. The team is believed to have some wiggle room in their budget but apparently not enough to add an ace to their pitching staff.
Feb 2 - 10:03 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, Yu Darvish "has made clear he would like to return to the Dodgers."

McCullough says "part of the delay in his free agency is related to waiting to see if the [Dodgers] can move some of the money" that might allow them to re-sign Darvish and still remain under the luxury tax threshold for 2018. That could be a tall task, but McCullough adds that "extraneous assets such as Yasmani Grandal, Logan Forsythe and Hyun-Jin Ryu" have all been shopped in recent weeks. Darvish is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Twins, Cubs, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers. The waiting game continues.
Jan 30 - 4:13 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies are "checking in" on free agent starter Yu Darvish.

Rosenthal cautions that the Phillies have also discussed most of the other remaining high profile free agents, hoping that a player might fall into their less expensive and "preferably short-term" range. Given the amount of players still available, it's possible the Phillies will land another big name this offseason. Rosenthal notes, however, that it is unlikely they will be the high bidder on someone like Darvish, who is drawing interest from the Twins, Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers, and should command upwards of $150 million when all is said and done. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported Wednesday that the 31-year-old right-hander is "increasingly likely" to sign somewhere this week.
Jan 24 - 3:02 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, it is "increasingly likely" that Yu Darvish will sign this week.

We're nearing final offer time on the 31-year-old right-hander, who has been linked to the Twins, Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers at various points this offseason. Darvish was also said to be drawing serious interest from the Astros before they acquired Gerrit Cole from the Pirates on January 13. Darvish dropping off the market should create a domino effect for fellow free agent starters like Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, and Lance Lynn.
Jan 24 - 11:29 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was told by a club official who has been in contact with the Twins front office that it's doubtful the team will be able to sign Yu Darvish.

Darvish's market appears to finally be heating up, which could take the Twins out of the running. "They aren’t giving him $150 million," the club official told Berardino. It's not a sure thing that Darvish will ultimately get a $150 million deal, but the bidding could still go higher than what the Twins have in mind. It was reported Monday that the Cubs are having "active talks" with Darvish, but teams like the Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers are also in the mix here. The Twins have an obvious need for a starter, but they might have to pivot to a second-tier name like Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn.
Jan 23 - 12:30 PM

Jay Cohen of The Associated Press reports that the Cubs are having "active talks" with Yu Darvish.

Cohen cites a source "with direct knowledge of the discussions" but cautions that there is "no agreement in place" at this point. The report comes on the heels of one earlier Monday from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick stating that Darvish had at least one five-year offer in hand. It's also worth pointing out that the Cubs on Monday agreed to a minor league contract with Chris Gimenez, who was Darvish's personal catcher for a time when they were with the Rangers. The Twins, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers are also thought to be in the mix for Darvish.
Jan 23 - 12:03 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, free agent right-hander Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table.

The identity of the team who made the offer and the specifics regarding the financials aren't known. However, given the number of teams involved, it would be no surprise if he ultimately lands a five-year deal. We could be getting close to crunch time, finally. The Cubs, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers are all believed to be in the mix.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

According to reports from Yahoo Japan, the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent right-hander Yu Darvish.

Darvish recently announced that his list of suitors had narrowed to six teams: the Cubs, Astros, Rangers, Twins, Yankees and a mystery club. There had been speculation that the mystery club was the Dodgers, but it could very well be the Brew Crew. Despite adding Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers still have a large void to fill at the top of their rotation and Darvish would be a massive upgrade.
Source: Yahoo Japan
Jan 21 - 9:11 PM

Twins owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday at the team's TwinsFest he's "totally on board" with signing free agent Yu Darvish or another free agent starter.

"Yes, I’m totally on board with that," Pohlad told fans. "There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there. I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody." Pohlad later admitted to being a Darvish fan, and Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said, "There is mutual interest in seeing if something makes sense for both parties. We’re not there yet today but that could accelerate here in the near future. We’ll see." The Twins are on the list of teams the 31-year-old is known to be considering, a list that recently also included the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, and Astros.
Jan 20 - 5:18 PM