The sea has parted, the heavens have opened up and one of the biggest free agent pitchers this offseason has finally signed with a new team and that would be Yu Darvish, who appears to have come to an agreement on a multi-year deal with the Chicago Cubs
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Darvish has agreed with the Cubs on a six-year deal worth $150 million dollars.
The deal is still pending a physical, informed Rosenthal.
Darvish began a successful transition from Japan to the majors in 2012, going 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 29 starts for the Rangers. He was traded to Los Angeles in July and went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers down the stretch.
The right-handed boasts a career 3.42 ERA and 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings across five seasons. The four-time All-Star reportedly had several offers on the table in the past days, including the Astros, Twins, Dodgers, Yankees and Brewers among the other teams willing to sign the Japanese pitcher.
Darvish shut down the Cubs in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, striking out seven while pitching 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. But he was hit hard in the World Series against Houston, managing just five outs in each of his two starts, and there was talk he was tipping his pitches.