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Sport The $88M question: Darvish reportedly won't opt out of Cubs contract

23:05  31 october  2019
23:05  31 october  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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This offseason, Darvish has the ability to opt out of the remainder of the six-year, 6 million contract he signed with the Cubs prior to last year. Dating back to the start of July, the righty had a 2.95 ERA with 124 strikeouts and only seven walks in 88 1/3 innings (14 starts). That came after he

Darvish is eligible to opt out of his contract this offseason with four years and million left on the deal. The veteran right-hander spoke about his Darvish turned 33 in August, so simply commanding a four-year contract on the open market would likely prove difficult. Then comes the issue of striking

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish is staying put. Darvish will not opt out of his deal with the Cubs, according to Jon Heyman.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Starting pitcher Yu Darvish #11 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)© Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 17: Starting pitcher Yu Darvish #11 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The 33-year-old Darvish overcome a miserable first half to reclaim his spot as one of the game’s elite pitchers in the second half. Over his first 18 starts in 2019, Darvish posted a 5.01 ERA. He rebounded with a 2.76 ERA in his final 13 starts.

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MONDAY: While the Cubs are evidently still looking at a number of rotation options, the interest in Darvish appears to be serious. SATURDAY: The Cubs have been very active on the pitching market this winter, and now they’re looking at the top free agent arm available.

Yu Darvish is officially a member of the Cubs . Darvish and the club completed a six-year deal on Tuesday, the club announced.The deal guarantees The contract includes an opt - out clause and no-trade protection, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported. The 31-year-old Darvish was the marquee starting

Darvish, who signed a six-year, $126 million deal with the Cubs in 2018, could have used that second-half performance to seek out a more lucrative deal this winter. By sticking with the Cubs, Darvish will make $88 million over the next four seasons. Given his age, Darvish may have had a tough time topping that deal on the open market.

Prior to his excellent second half, Darvish had been on shaky ground with Cubs fans. Last season, Darvish was limited to just eight starts due to an elbow injury. He wasn’t particularly impressive in those starts, posting a 4.95 ERA.

After Darvish struggled to open 2019, the word “bust” started being thrown around. Just when it looked like the city would turn on him, Darvish quietly became the Cubs’ most dependable pitcher as the team fought for a playoff spot down the stretch.

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Yu Darvish is reportedly choosing among five to six clubs as he narrows his field of landing spots in free agency. A backloaded contract for Darvish could technically still make that goal possible, but Wilson strongly suggests that the Rangers won ’ t be making any moves of the “all-in” variety this winter.

offered to Darvish should Darvish turn them down. First, Heyman's piece includes a rundown of which teams might be most likely to land Arrieta now The other takeaway is that the Cubs wanted him back. If they'd signed Darvish to such a deal without pursuing Arrieta in earnest, then it would've been telling.

His turnaround wasn’t smoke and mirrors. Darvish’s strikeout rate shot up more than 10 percent in the second half. His walk rate, which had long been an issue, plummeted to just 2.2 percent, the lowest among all starting pitchers in the second half. He relied more heavily on his splitter and a revamped curveball that he learned from closer Craig Kimbrel.

Darvish will enter next season as a major part of the Cubs’ quest to get back to the playoffs. If Darvish’s second half was a sign of things to come, the Cubs are already much closer to playing meaningful games in October in 2020.

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