In related news: It’s going down to minus one tonight, my insufferable White Sox fans in laws are also Cub fans, and Ervin Santana will miss spring training and the first month of the season because of recent finger surgery.
Last year Darvish went 10 -12 with a 3.86 ERA. Career wise he’s 56 – 42 with a 3.42 ERA and 1,021 strikeouts. So pretty good, pretty darn good, but not great. And last year he stunk it up in the post season, but Maddon and company will probably be infuriatingly effective in teaching him not to tip his pitches.
It’s being reported that the deal is for six years 125 mil and can go as high as 150 mil with incentives. According to twinketown, the greatest website in the universe next to this one, he was offered 5 year 100 mil plus deals by the Twins, Brewers and maybe the Astros. Apparently the Cubs were the only ones willing to be on the hook for him through age 37.
Maybe this is a smart move by the Cubs. I dunno. They have a championship window and I suppose that they figure they’re getting something of a bargain because apparently the Yankees and the Dodgers have decided to get under the luxury tax this year so they can spend tons on next year’s much better free agent class. But I still say they wouldn’t have gone for it if Andy MacPhail was still there.
I hope he ages like a carp on the beach.
Cub fans congrats (I guess). For all the rest of us, chin up and carry on!