Darvish, Cubs fi­nal­ize $126M deal

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

MESA, ARIZ. » When Yu Darvish met with Theo Ep­stein and other Chicago Cubs’ of­fi­cials last De­cem­ber in the Dal­las area, the Ja­panese pitcher liked what he heard.

“The Cubs re­ally stood out, and ev­ery­one was sin­cere at the meet­ing,” Darvish said Tues­day through a trans­la­tor af­ter fi­nal­iz­ing a $126 mil­lion, six-year con­tract.

The agree­ment is by far the largest deal in a slow-mov­ing free agent mar­ket, top­ping out­fielder Lorenzo Cain’s $80 mil­lion, fiveyear deal with the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers. In ad­di­tion, the Los An­ge­les An­gels gave out­fielder Justin Up­ton a $106 mil­lion, five-year con­tract in Novem­ber be­fore he could be­come a free agent.

Darvish joins a ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Jon Lester, Kyle Hen­dricks, Jose Quin­tana and Tyler Chat­wood, who agreed to a $38 mil­lion, three-year con­tract in De­cem­ber.

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