By Todd Johnson
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) February 10, 2018
It only took three months, but the Cubs finally get their man in Yu Darvish. The big right-handed ace comes at a steep price and I think Yu now becomes the anchor of the rotation for the next 4-5 years. At 31 years of age, I kind a like where this is going.
Positives to the Signing
+ Darvish has five pitches with you which he can throw for strikes and they all come from the same arm slot. He is a top of the rotation starter and someone you could pencil in for 30+ starts a year for the foreseeable future.
+ While it’s not an exorbitant price, I think the signing does give the Cubs a little relief after 2020. Considering most of their current rotation is signed through that year, Darvish’s contract goes a little bit beyond and provides a little cushion to develop some arms in the minors.
+ I like that he throws near 200 innings a year. He did miss a year and a half but came back fine.
+ With the Astros outing the fact that Yu was tipping his pitches in the World Series, they may have done the Cubs a favor. As a result, future hitters should never know what’s coming.
+ Most pitchers that come over from the American League tend to do well in the National League. There’s a small period of adjustment and Darvish got a head start on that period last summer as a Dodger.
+ With the Cubs defense behind him, his ERA might actually improve.
+ He misses a lot of bats averaging almost 11 every 9 innings as a Dodger last year.
+ I really like his sense of humor as seen on his Twitter account and I think he’s going to fit in just fine in this clubhouse.
– When the contract has one or two years left, you can ask me then. But for the next 3 to 4 years, all systems are go.