Powell: Let the Yu Darvish Circus Begin

Yu Darvish is officially a Cub and he’s officially coming after the Dodgers. More

Yu Darvish is officially a Cub and he’s officially coming after the Dodgers. More

The Chicago Cubs has added Yu Darvish to its rotation with a six-year $126 million contract, a deal that the team also reportedly made in "one last call" to the former ace in an attempt to gauge his interest of returning. Boston has been heavily pursuing Martinez this offseason and has made him their top target, but the two sides are in a bit of a stalemate due to his desire to receive a six-year deal (Boston's offer is now a five-year deal).

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 signing Saturday of pitcher Yu Darvish may be the last key piece in the puzzle for a franchise that has shed its downtrodden image and billy goat curses to reach the National League Championship Series three years in a row. Position players will work out for the first time February 19. He has a career 56-42 record with a 3.42 ERA in 131 major league games.

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"We worked hard at it, and in the end we felt it was very important that he be able to come in and be with the rest of his teammates at the start of camp".

They overpaid for Darvish, going to a sixth year to lock up a guy who is coming off a bad World Series - pitch-tipping or not.

The winds of change swept through Wrigley Field last October as Jake Arrieta walked off the mound one final time in this golden era of Cubs baseball.

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It's been a mostly boring offseason, but all eyes will be on the Cubs' camp this spring. And according to 12UP, Milwaukee is offering a Wisconsin resident pre-sale for all Cubs games to provide a home-field advantage. With all due respect to Mike Montgomery, previously projected to be in the rotation before the Darvish acquisition, that seems to be a fair number. In doing so, the Cubs are climbing away from the no-man's-land between the top contenders and the tankers, ensuring that Kris Bryant and Co.'s most cost-effective seasons are spent pursuing another championship. And with the Cubs' Opening Day roster close to set (!) before the first day even dawns, we will need distractions like these to keep us interested until the real games arrive at the end of March. With the Dodgers, whom Darvish last pitched for, projected for 99 wins by PECOTA and the NL Central race expected to be competitive, it was clear the Cubs needed to add pitching depth. Outfielders Jayson Heyward (14th pick in 2007), Kyle Schwarber (fourth in 2014), Albert Almora, Jr.

But the Darvish signing wasn't all good news for the North Siders. Sometimes, the best-laid plans find a way to go astray. The results in 2017 were only marginally better than they were in 2016, the first season of Heyward's eight-year, $184 million contract. Plenty of teams have been rumored as a landing spot, yet there has been little action.

His most recent few seasons have had their challenges.

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