Yu Darvish signs with the Cubs, who are not the Dodgers

According to Ken Rosenthal, Yu Darvish has agreed to a six year, $126 million contract with the Cubs:

As you might have noticed, the Chicago Cubs are most definitely not the Los Angeles Dodgers. But per Jon Heyman, the Dodgers were in on Darvish until the end.

Heyman added that while the Dodgers were willing to go to six years with their offer, that came on a contingency basis, and never got all that close to the $126 million that Chicago offered.

How’s the Dodgers Digest crew taking the news?


Dustin has written several times this offseason about the possibility of bringing Darvish back, most recently on Thursday. Basically, given the pitching options the Dodgers already have, re-adding Darvish would have been a bit of a luxury, but one the Dodgers could afford — except it would’ve meant probably not being able to reset the luxury tax, which is money they’re hoping to save for next year’s free-agent bonanza (that almost certainly includes Clayton Kershaw).

As it stands, the Dodgers have a rotation consisting of Kershaw, Rich HillAlex WoodKenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu. They’ve also got Walker BuehlerRoss Stripling and Brock Stewart waiting in the wings in the seemingly inevitable event of injury, plus whatever spot starters may get called up from Triple-A this year. Re-signing Darvish would have definitely made the rotation better — despite what anyone traumatized by the World Series might think — but it’s also probably not going to make the difference, at least not when it comes to the division.

In any event, there’s a good possibility the Dodgers will still add another starter. As Dustin notes, “The Dodgers have added a starting pitcher at the non-waiver trade deadline in all three years under this new front office.” It may not even take that long this time around. Darvish would have been the easy option, but it’s not like we haven’t seen this team get creative before.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times, FanGraphs, and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. She recently earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.