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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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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Astros are still engaged in talks for Gerrit Cole, but also looking at possible alternatives on the trade block and free agent market.

Nightengale doesn't say who those alternatives might be, so it could be a wide variety of available pitchers. With the moves made so far -- or lack thereof -- everything is still on the table. That could mean a possible deal with free agent Yu Darvish, a player the Astros were linked to in December. These things can change at a moment's notice, but it sounds like Houston isn't all that close to making the big splash we thought would happen Wednesday afternoon.
Jan 10 - 4:05 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Twins are "considering a run at one of the big free-agent starters."

Heyman lists Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb among the top tier of available starting pitchers. Darvish and Arrieta might prove to be a little too rich for Minnesota given that late-inning relief help is also on the club's offseason shopping list, but Lynn or Cobb could make financial sense. Lynn owns a sharp 3.38 career ERA and fared pretty well in 2017, his first year after Tommy John surgery. St. Louis made him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this month, which he is expected to reject.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that everyone on his pitching staff will be available in relief for Game 6 on Tuesday other than Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish.

Kershaw started Game 5 and Darvish is lined up for a potential Game 7. Alex Wood, who started Game 4 on Saturday and threw 5 2/3 innings, will be available on two days' rest but surely couldn't pitch more than an inning.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 06:31:00 PM

Rich Hill will start for the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made the official announcement after watching Hill throw a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon. Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS for the Dodgers and Yu Darvish will start Game 3. Alex Wood would probably handle a potential Game 4. Los Angeles will either be facing the Rockies or Diamondbacks, who are set to duel in Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game at Arizona's Chase Field.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 08:08:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, if the Dodgers are willing to offer OF prospect Alex Verdugo in a trade, Yu Darvish is "probably going to L.A."

Things seem to be heating up on the Darvish front now that the Rangers are officially shopping him. Per Feinsand, the Astros probably wouldn't bite on a rental while the Nats, who just lost Stephen Strasburg to an elbow injury, are not in the running for Darvish. The Dodgers, however, are known to covet the right-hander, though acquiring Darvish would likely cost them their best prospect. Verdugo was held out of the lineup at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, though the Dodgers are claiming it was a scheduled day off. Verdugo, who has hit .328 across 341 at-bats for OKC this season, is listed at No. 28 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 11:42:00 PM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Cubs may have more interest in acquiring Jonathan Lucroy than Yu Darvish.

Per Grant, the Cubs have made "at least a passing call" on Darvish but Lucroy is who they really have their eye on. The Cubs traded backup catcher Miguel Montero after his criticism of Jake Arrieta earlier this month, forcing Willson Contreras into a near-everyday role. Lucroy has struggled this year (.244 AVG with four homers in 266 at-bats) but has a proven track record and has plenty of experience playing in the NL Central after spending the first six-and-a-half years of his career with Milwaukee. His contract is up after this year, so he'd only be a rental.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 11:34:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers are not considering trading Cole Hamels.

Yu Darvish may be in play before the July 31 deadline as an impending free agent, but Hamels is under contract through 2019 and the Rangers don't have the kind of roster that requires a full rebuild. Also, they're not out of the running yet for an American League Wild Card berth in 2017. Hamels, 33, boasts a 0.82 ERA in 22 innings (three starts) so far this month.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Martin Perez (thumb) is expected to start Monday against the Red Sox.

It was reported Friday that Perez still wasn't able to squeeze his glove shut due to his fractured right (non-throwing) thumb. However, he has a makeshift guard inserted into the thumb hole to protect him and it sounds like he's ready to go. Yu Darvish will start Tuesday and Andrew Cashner will go Wednesday for the Rangers.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 10:14:00 AM

Nick Martinez will start Wednesday against the Astros.

Martinez has pitched well as a fill-in for A.J. Griffin (gout), allowing four runs over 13 innings to go along with a 10/1 K/BB ratio. Griffin is expected to make his return on Thursday, while Yu Darvish will get an extra day of rest and pitch on Friday.
Mon, May 1, 2017 03:31:00 PM

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