Chris Gimenez marvels at Yu Darvish's mix of business and fun

Chris Gimenez marvels at Yu Darvish's mix of business and fun

Chris Gimenez marvels at Yu Darvish's mix of business and fun

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. "We think this is a great day for the Cubs organization to welcome a pitcher of this caliber".

The Cubs now have on of the best, if not the best, rotations in baseball. While Darvish, 31, became the first player this winter to get either a six-year or nine-figure contract, he received considerably less in average annual value than most thought he would get back in November. And that is clearly not good. And all credit to Theo and the boys for doing what needed doing to build a staff with that sort of potential.

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The Cubs, boosted by the addition of Yu Darvish, certainly are well armed as they start spring training.

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Several weeks later, however, Hosmer is still a free agent. Fans rose to their feet as Arrieta walked off the mound, knowing well it was likely the end of his dominance in a Cubs uniform. "General manager Mike Rizzo reportedly loves the idea of adding someone like Arrieta, but Washington is also concerned with remaining below the luxury-tax threshold". Tyler Chatwood is eager to prove himself. And the Cubs even brought in a guy, Drew Smyly, for next year. Pitchers and catchers finally reported after what seemed like an eternity of an off-season. They then developed in the Cubs system but still clearly don't count as drafted-and-developed talents.

A few key newcomers in the bullpen should also help for a team that has put up big offensive numbers the last few seasons. Whether it was Darvish or Arrieta, the Cubs needed to come away with a frontline starter this offseason, and they did just that Saturday. Stephen Ridings was the team's eighth-round pick in 2016 and later that year underwent the ubiquitous surgery named for the iron man pitcher (John) who starred for the White Sox and Dodgers among others.

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"We did not like the way previous year ended", Maddon said. It was a big decision for him to make. Ridings is in a bit of a race in that regard with a former teammate. Here is how the Dodgers replaced each outgoing star during the off-season. Although he had a respectable 3.41 ERA in 17 starts in 2016, that number soared to 4.01 in his first 22 starts with the Rangers past year before he was ultimately dealt to the Dodgers, where he regained some of his flavor and posted a 3.44 ERA in nine starts. So even though Ridings is coming off the arm injury, he might have more of a shot than Bergjans. "It starts with Clayton, he's an easy guy to follow". Davis is one of the best baseball minds I've ever seen and is already working hard with outfielders Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber, who struggled at the plate last season.

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