Source: Darvish agrees to 6-year deal with Cubs

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - FROM WIRE RE­PORTS

The win­ter-long dance is over. Yu Darvish is join­ing the Chicago Cubs.

Darvish has agreed to a $126 mil­lion, six-year con­tract with Chicago, giv­ing the Cubs one of the deep­est ro­ta­tions in base­ball and tak­ing one of the top play­ers off the slow­mov­ing free agent mar­ket.

The 31-year-old Darvish met with Cubs of­fi­cials in De­cem­ber and the sides re­mained in con­tact while the right-han­der lis­tened to other po­ten­tial suit­ors. Texas, Mil­wau­kee, Min­nesota and the New York Yan­kees also re­port­edly ex­pressed some level of in­ter­est, but Chicago’s ap­proach paid off with the agree­ment just days be­fore the start of spring train­ing.

A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal con­firmed the con­tract to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Satur­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause there was no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment. The move was first re­ported by The Ath­letic.

The ad­di­tion of Darvish gives the Cubs a big boost as they try to re­turn to the World Se­ries af­ter win­ning the ti­tle two years ago for the first time since 1908. He joins a for­mi­da­ble ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Jon Lester, Kyle Hen­dricks, Jose Quin­tana and Tyler Chat­wood, who agreed to a $38 mil­lion, three-year con­tract in De­cem­ber.

Darvish fin­ished last sea­son with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, help­ing them knock out the de­fend­ing cham­pion Cubs in the play­offs to reach the World Se­ries. The Ja­panese star is ex­pected to take the ro­ta­tion spot of Jake Ar­ri­eta, who be­came a free agent af­ter a suc­cess­ful run in the Windy City.

U.S. has 2-0 lead vs. Nether­lands at Fed Cup

Venus Wil­liams and CoCo Van­deweghe won their sin­gles matches Satur­day to give the United States a 2-0 lead over the Nether­lands. One of those matches proved much closer than the other. Wil­liams beat Aran­txa Rus 6-1, 6-4 in to im­prove her ca­reer sin­gles record to 776-224.

Van­deweghe had to rally from a set and a break down to win her match 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3 over Richel Ho­genkamp.

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