But the Darvish signing wasn't all good news for the North Siders.
Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs walks off the field after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 18, 2017 in Chicago.
And because of how the lag of the free agent market stalled on and on, the Cubs ultimately got Darvish cheaper than it was believed the price would be. And that is clearly not good. And all credit to Theo and the boys for doing what needed doing to build a staff with that sort of potential.
"The Cubs - they know how to recruit a player", Wolfe said, via Patrick Mooney of the Athletic.
Of all the who-blinks-first staredowns in this free-agent freeze, this one is the most compelling. The coming weeks undoubtedly will feature additional silly-but-great - and uncomfortable - free agent unveilings. Arrieta has a Cy Young Award and a World Series ring, unlike Chicago's newest pitcher, as well as a far superior ERA over the last four seasons. "General manager Mike Rizzo reportedly loves the idea of adding someone like Arrieta, but Washington is also concerned with remaining below the luxury-tax threshold". With Darvish off the board, and teams looking to find a player to help lead their rotation, Arrieta could find himself the center of attention.
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However, Darvish had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in 2015. They then developed in the Cubs system but still clearly don't count as drafted-and-developed talents.
As with all of the other (relatively few) free agent signings we've taken a look at this offseason, we have to approach this one a little bit differently than we have in the past.
It took almost three and a half months, but an Major League Baseball free agent finally landed a nine-figure contract this past weekend.
Bryant's fellow "top 10 in the first round picks", Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ, have contributed, but not as much as might have been hoped. Then again, baseball hasn't had a repeat victor since 2000, when the Yankees achieved a three-peat.
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This time previous year, there were really only two guarantees in the Cubs rotation to return for the 2018 season. It was a big decision for him to make. Ridings is in a bit of a race in that regard with a former teammate. Here is how the Dodgers replaced each outgoing star during the off-season. Many players insist this was because the baseball's were wound tighter than ever before. From Triple-A to Single-A Short Season, Texas's farm affiliates finished below.500 on the year. "It starts with Clayton, he's an easy guy to follow". "We think this is a great day for the Cubs organization to welcome a pitcher of this caliber".