Yu Darvish is headed to the Cubs.
Darvish and the Cubs agreed to a six-year deal on Saturday that’s worth a guaranteed $126 million, a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. The value of the deal, which is still pending the completion of a physical, could reach up to about $150 million with incentives, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, who was first to report the agreement. The Cubs have not confirmed the reports.
Darvish’s $126 million contract would be the largest free-agent deal so far this offseason. Sources told Rosenthal that in order for the deal to reach $150 million, Darvish would have to win multiple Cy Young Awards.
Darvish gives the Cubs a frontline starter to replace Jake Arrieta, who also became a free agent this offseason, as they seek a third straight National League Central title and fourth straight postseason appearance in 2018.
Darvish has some of the most electric stuff in baseball. He was an All-Star for the fourth time in 2017, with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 31 starts for the Rangers and Dodgers. After his trade to Los Angeles, he helped the Dodgers reach the World Series, although he struggled in two starts in the Fall Classic against Houston.