Yu Darvish and Cubs Said to Agree to $126 Million Deal


Yu Darvish, who was perhaps the most prominent pitcher left on the frigid open market this winter, is set to join the Cubs.

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With spring training opening in Florida and Arizona next week, the camp of unsigned free agents has lost its ace. Yu Darvish, perhaps the most prominent pitcher left on the frigid open market, has agreed to a six-year, $126 million deal to join the Chicago Cubs.

The agreement, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, was confirmed by a baseball official who was granted anonymity because Darvish must pass a physical for the deal to be official. It is the richest contract given to any free agent this off-season, both in years and dollars, surpassing outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s five-year, $80 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Darvish, 31, is a four-time All-Star who beat the Cubs in the National League Championship Series last fall as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 56-42 with a 3.42 earned run average in five seasons, mostly with the Texas Rangers, and his 11.04 strikeouts per nine innings…

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