Cubs Sign Free Agent Yu Darvish

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As pitchers and catchers begin to report to spring training sites around Florida and Arizona, some notable names are without teams.

"I felt bad for him in the World Series, but I also felt it might be an opportunity if other teams overreact to that", Epstein said.

I have no doubt the former Briar Cliff and Bishop Heelan basketball coach was able to celebrate the long-awaited world championship of 2016, he just had to soak it in from a celestial vantage point. "We like to meet in person, just to understand where a player is coming from, what motivates him, where he is in his development off the field as well as on the field, what they're looking for out of a destination", said Epstein of the December meeting with Darvish.

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Now that the Chicago Cubs have signed Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta may well be the best starting pitcher available in free agency. The deal gives the Cubs one of baseball's deepest rotations and takes one of the top free agents off the market. Eddie Butler, who appeared in 13 games for the Cubs previous year, will get another chance this spring, and the Cubs would love for a homegrown pitcher to step up at last. Given his velocity along with an array of hard-biting breaking pitches, Darvish still has the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the league, which is why he was so highly-coveted this winter. At one time. For six years, $126 million and potential escalators that can take the money on up to the $150 million range. During his career, he has 1,021 strikeouts in 832 1/3 innings. He had 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. Second on that list, by the way, is Chris Sale, who is at 10.55 after "changing Sox" last year - jumping to the Red Sox after seven years with the White Sox. Morrow developed into one of the best relievers in the game, going 6-0 with a 2.46 ERA in 46 appearances last season out of the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen. And, it's certainly worth noting that pitching upgrades did not require Theo Epstein and the rest of his brain trust to part with any of the team's wealth of hitters. Position players will work out for the first time February 19. But details only emerge after a player or agent voices their displeasure in the slow-moving offseason. Jen-Ho Tseng and Duane Underwood are on the 40-man roster and will get a look in the Cactus League. They traded Starlin Castro and two prospects to land Giancarlo Stanton. That's what is kind of frustrating about this off-season, is there are so many guys who can really help your team.

Is it possible LA would draw a line in the negotiating sand, especially considering Kershaw's back issues the last couple of years, if the bidding gets too high? The Japanese star was dominant upon his arrival to the league, posting ERAs of 2.83 and 3.06 in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the Texas Rangers. Prior to 2015, no Haverford baseball player had ever been drafted in any round of an MLB draft.

"We all know who he is", said Schwarber. Also, it would be foolish to base your evaluation of Darvish on a two-game sample. The Brewers will definitely put a potent lineup on the field, but they're still a little shy on pitching.

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