The agreement is pending a physical examination. For his career, he is 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA. Not with the likes of Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw vying for the honors. As much as I love him, I don't see that happening.
Additionally, signing Darvish keeps him away from the Dodgers, who were reportedly the runner-up for his services, and the Brewers, an NL Central rival who were also pursuing the right-hander. His 2017 season showed a slight decline from seasons past, both in Texas and then, after a mid-summer trade, in Los Angeles.
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One of the biggest storylines of the spring could be how those young hitters - Willson Contreras, Javy Baez, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr. - develop collectively with another year of experience and with new hitting coach Chili Davis.
In three months with the Dodgers, and at the club's urging, Darvish attempted to adjust his mechanics and slightly alter his approach. After pitching in two World Series games this past fall with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Darvish will join the 2016 champs. That amount is considerably less than the offer they reportedly made to Arrieta (4-years, $110 million, a $27.5 million AAV), and allows the Cubs to remain well below the luxury tax threshold for this season. It is by far the biggest contract signed among this year's free agents, and comes in $29 million less than Lester's six-year contract signed prior to the 2015 season. There is still some wiggle room before they hit that mark but it seems more likely that they will save that space for any moves they might make throughout the season. Like a slew of other teams, the Cubs didn't meet with Darvish until after they realized his initial price tag wasn't going to be met as the free agent market sputtered. Ohtani signed with the Angels in the second week of December. They have one of the best rotations in the league now, and they'll complement that with the same young, powerful lineup from a year ago. He shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS, striking out seven while pitching 6⅓ innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. Still, Darvish probably deserved a little more, and he fell short of the predictions that both Jon Heyman and a baseball insider made at the start of the offseason. Other teams reportedly in the bidding for Darvish included the Yankees, Rangers (with whom Darvish spent most of his Major League Baseball career), Twins, and Astros (who likely bowed out after acquiring Gerrit Cole).