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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
Contract: view contract details

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Yu Darvish was touched up for four runs on nine hits and four walks over just 4 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Braves.
Darvish seemed to be unnerved after getting called for a balk in the fifth inning. After striking out Freddie Freeman for the second out of the frame, he threw a wild pitch to allow the first run of the game to come home. The righty then surrendered three straight hits, punctuated by Preston Tucker's three-run longball. Darvish has now posted two clunkers sandwiched around a nice outing. He'll hope for better results against the Cardinals in his next start. Apr 13 - 5:53 PM

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Yu Darvish was sharp in his second start for the Cubs, limiting the Brewers to one run over six innings and striking out nine in a no-decision.

Darvish allowed just two hits and walked one. The only damage came on Eric Thames' homer. Darvish will get the Braves next time out on Thursday.
Apr 7 - 7:46 PM

Making his first start with the Cubs on Saturday, Yu Darvish surrendered five runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision against the Marlins in what ended as a 10-6, 10-inning win for his squad.

Darvish signed on with the Cubs on a six-year, $126 million contract over the winter. Not the best of first impressions on Saturday. Matters started out poorly enough, with Darvish surrendering a two-run home run to Derek Dietrich in the first inning. The Cubbies offense would have his back after that early mistake, though, tying the game up one inning later and then pushing out to a 5-2 lead via a three-run fifth inning. Darvish would not allow that to last, coming right back in the bottom of the frame to surrender three runs on RBI hits by Lewis Brinson and Starlin Castro. The 31-year-old right-hander finished his afternoon's work having struck out four and walked two. Inauspicious as this outing might have been, there will be much, much better days ahead for Darvish. He remains a top-flight fantasy option. Up next on the docket as he tries to settle into the season, a road start against the Brewers.
Mar 31 - 11:23 PM

Yu Darvish yielded one run over three innings in an exhibition start Monday night against the Red Sox.

Darvish gave up four hits and one walk without registering a strikeout, but he might have been working on some things in what was his final appearance of the spring. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a sharp 2.76 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, and 20/4 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. He can be a top-tier fantasy starter with the Cubs this season.
Mar 26 - 7:58 PM

Yu Darvish looked sharp on Wednesday, surrendering just three hits and one run over six dominant frames in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Rangers.

He fanned seven while allowing just one walk. Darvish served up a solo home run to Juan Centeno in the third but that was his only blemish in an otherwise flawless performance against his former team. The right-hander showed off some unusual mechanics on Wednesday—he seems to have added a more pronounced hitch to his delivery this year. Whatever he’s doing must be working as Darvish has pitched to a solid 2.76 ERA over four Cactus League starts.
Mar 21 - 7:18 PM

Yu Darvish spun five innings of one-run ball in Friday’s 6-3 win over the White Sox.

Making his third start of the spring, Darvish limited the White Sox to three hits while walking one and striking out four. He hit 98 mph on the radar gun at Camelback Ranch. The Cubs’ big free agent addition appears primed to start the season. By staying in the National League, Darvish should be considered a fringe top-10 starting pitcher in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 16 - 9:38 PM

Yu Darvish struck out five hitters in his 3 1/3 innings of work against the Athletics on Sunday.

Darvish allowed just one run, but he did give up four hits and walked one, so there were baserunners to be found on Sunday. Still, the big takeaway here is the five strikeouts, as the newest member of the Cubs' rotation has missed plenty of bats in his first two outings of the spring. There's certainly some risk with the 31-year-old Darvish, but the potential reward most definitely outweighs it.
Mar 11 - 5:16 PM

Yu Darvish allowed a run but no hits across two innings Tuesday in his Cactus League debut, striking out four Dodgers hitters.

A couple walks and two wild pitches led to a run in Darvish's first frame, but he did strike out the side in that inning and added one more punchout in the second. Darvish's Cactus League debut was delayed because of a virus, but he has enough time to get built up to be ready come Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 4:54 PM

Yu Darvish (illness) threw a two-inning bullpen session on Thursday morning in Cubs camp.

Darvish was supposed to make his Cubs debut in Thursday afternoon's Cactus League game against the Rockies, but he's been battling a virus for the last couple of days so he instead got in a workout in a more controlled setting. He should take the mound in a live game next week and will likely go three innings.
Mar 1 - 12:56 PM

Yu Darvish has been scratched from his scheduled Cactus League debut Thursday due to illness.

A ton of players in Arizona have been battling flu-like symptoms. Darvish is feeling well enough to throw a simulated two-inning bullpen session on Thursday morning in Cubs camp, so this shouldn't affect his readiness for the opening of the regular season. He'll just head home a little earlier to get some needed rest.
Mar 1 - 10:32 AM

Yu Darvish will make his Cubs' debut on Thursday against the Rockies.

Darvish, who was signed to a massive six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs last week, will make his highly-anticipated Cactus League debut in front of the team's home faithful in Mesa, Arizona. The right-hander bolsters an already loaded rotation that should be among the best in all of baseball in 2018.
Feb 24 - 11:20 AM

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

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

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