Things fell just right for Cubs, Yu Darvish


Not to mention that the Cubs got Darvish at a relative bargain (~$21 million per year). Sure, they're trying to stay under the luxury tax.

The signing Saturday of pitcher Yu Darvish may be the last key piece in the puzzle for a franchise that has shed its downtrodden image and billy goat curses to reach the National League Championship Series three years in a row.

In that same report, Jon Heyman of noted, "The Nationals, meanwhile, are looking to make a deep postseason run, and Arrieta could take an already strong rotation to the next level". Darvish is the only starter who has a contract beyond 2020, so the Cubs will have to rely heavily on the young pitchers to step up once it arrives.

For the Chicago Cubs, one of those silly-but-great February traditions - the first-day-of-spring-training news conference with the triumvirate of Manager Joe Maddon, General Manager Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein - found itself, by necessity, usurped by one of those silly-but-great traditions that typically come in December or January: the unveiling, complete with the ceremonial donning of cap and uniform, of the team's shiny, new, high-priced acquisition. In turn, part of the Cubs' plan for contention relied upon aggressive moves to acquire starters who weren't homegrown. They then developed in the Cubs system but still clearly don't count as drafted-and-developed talents. That's a big deal, especially in terms of saving the Cubs bullpen. But details only emerge after a player or agent voices their displeasure in the slow-moving offseason. Garza, Dempster, Jeff Samardzija (Addison Russell) and Andrew Cashner (Anthony Rizzo) all brought great returns.

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Cishek threw well for the Seattle Mariners last season, going 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 49 games. Given his velocity along with an array of hard-biting breaking pitches, Darvish still has the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the league, which is why he was so highly-coveted this winter. Stephen Ridings was the team's eighth-round pick in 2016 and later that year underwent the ubiquitous surgery named for the iron man pitcher (John) who starred for the White Sox and Dodgers among others.

This time a year ago, 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.

No less significant, a year removed from ending their 108-year title drought, this still-young team figures to be as motivated again as it was sluggish last year, hungry for another title. Prior to 2015, no Haverford baseball player had ever been drafted in any round of an MLB draft. So even though Ridings is coming off the arm injury, he might have more of a shot than Bergjans. "It starts with Clayton, he's an easy guy to follow".

The Los Angeles Angels are excited about landing 23-year-old Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, who they hope to see emulate Babe Ruth's early years, toiling as both a pitcher and a power-hitting outfielder.