The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

“Yu was our pri­mary tar­get,” said Ep­stein, the Cubs’ pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions. “It’s a great day for the Cubs or­ga­ni­za­tion to wel­come a pitcher of this cal­iber. He is prob­a­bly the pre­em­i­nent strike­out pitcher of our gen­er­a­tion. We are get­ting him at a won­der­ful point in his ca­reer where he has ma­tured and is ready to go out and do some spe­cial things, with the World Series be­ing his top pri­or­ity.”

A four-time All-Star, 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 31-year-old Ja­pa­nese righthander is ex­pected to take the ro­ta­tion spot of Jake Ar­ri­eta, who be­came a free agent.

Darvish went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers down the stretch. He shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS, strik­ing out seven while pitch­ing 6 1/3 in­nings of one-run ball in a 6-1 vic­tory at Wrigley Field.

But Darvish was hit hard

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