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Darvish on the Cubs? Yu Better Believe It

Better late than never? After an off-season quiet enough to appease a grouchy librarian, the Chicago Cubs finally grabbed the top-of-the-rotation arm they needed by signing Yu Darvish this afternoon to a six-year, $126 million contract. Darvish can actually earn up to 150 million overall by hitting performance and playing time thresholds during the life of the contract.

The Cubs desperately needed an arm like Darvish on their staff. Before the signing, it was appearing that they would go into the season with Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana leading their staff. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but none are considered aces at this stage of their careers. Darvish, on the other hand, is squarely in his prime and has the stuff needed to lead this Cubs staff.


In 2017, Darvish posted the highest ERA since his rookie year at 3.86, and his 10.1 K/9 was the lowest of his five-year career. Regardless, a 3.86 ERA and 10.1 K/9 are nothing to scoff at, and he was much better after a late-July trade landed him in Hollywood. In nine starts with the Dodgers, Darvish went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 11.1 K/9.

On top of that, Darvish has always pitched well against National League opponents. In 17 interleague starts, he has a 3.14 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11.4 K/9. Signing with a National League team provides a nice boost in fantasy value for Darvish in 2018, especially in a division with two rebuilding teams.

Darvish (ADP 56) is currently being drafted as the 15th starting pitcher off the board, and I recently ranked him 18th in my 2018 starting pitcher rankings. Now that he’s signed, and in a good landing spot, Darvish moves up to 15th in my rankings. His probable low ERA and immense strikeout upside make him a borderline fantasy ace or a very strong SP2 in 2018 fantasy leagues. Just keep your fingers crossed that he can stay healthy.

Thank you for reading and I hope you can use this article to your advantage and get a leg up on your fellow league members.  Got a question that I didn’t cover here? Then follow me on Twitter @EricCross04 and ask there.

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Giants Trade for Andrew McCutchen

Astros Acquire Gerrit Cole

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Royals, Dodgers, and White Sox Complete Three-Way Trade

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CC Sabathia Returns to Yankees

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Angels in the Infield: Zack Cozart Signs with Los Angeles

Phillies Ink Carlos Santana to Three-Year Deal

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Wellington Castillo Inks Deal with White Sox

Potential Closers Traded: Boxberger and Johnson

Doug Fister Signs with Rangers

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