The champs have been crowned. The winter meetings are over. Spring training is finally here. And what would you know, the Cubs finally signed a fifth pitcher to fill out their rotation! After revamping the bullpen over winter and adding Tyler Chatwood to the rotation, only one question remained: Who would fill out the Cubs last rotation spot?
We finally have that answer. Welcome Yu Darvish. After signing a 6-year, $126 million contract, it is now official. After beating out teams like the Dodgers (who also offered him a contract), Twins, Brewers, and Yankees, Yu finally decided the Cubs gave him his best option.
So, what does this mean for the Cubs? First, it means that they have found their replacement for Jake Arrieta. Now the Cubs have a formidable rotation that can go with the best of them. Being armed with Lester, Hendricks, Quintana, Chatwood, and now Darvish, this rotation could be argued as one of the best in the league. Second, look at the resume that this guy brings with him. Darvish is a four-time All-Star. He had an ERA of 3.86 last year and pitched in 31 games. And even though last year wasn’t his best statistically, he still helped the Dodgers win two big games and make it to the World Series. So, he brings the experience of pitching in the postseason and in World Series games. Yes, those World Series games were bad for him, but they still count for experience, and it could have been just a fluke for him. On a side note, he does have a career 3.42 ERA. Plus, he threw 209 strikeouts last year and held batters to a .228 average as well. Third, the opposing team has more to think about. With Darvish, Cubs players are saying he looks natural and comfortable out there with them. He also has between six and eight pitches at his disposal. So, you never know what he is going to throw. Once you add speed and deception to his pitches and delivery, he gets even harder to hit against. Another obvious fact is that now we aren’t the ones who have to plan against him. Teams that have never seen him before (St. Louis Cardinals) have it twice as hard because they have never gone against him previously.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think Darvish is a great addition to this team (Even though I will miss Arrieta). I think having his arm throw every fifth game for us will be interesting. I’m looking forward to a fun season and hopefully another World Series to add to the Cub legacy. With this lineup the way it is constructed, and Darvish on the mound for us, we are going to be watching some very entertaining games.
Welcome to the Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish.
PC: Mike LaChance