Chicago Cubs sign top free agent Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

The deal could approach $150 million with incentives, but, according to Rosenthal, Darvish would need to win multiple Cy Young Awards to hit that mark.

Darvish is heading into his age 31 season (he'll turn 32 in August).

After missing all of 2015 and the first two months of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, Darvish has shown no ill effects from the procedure.

One of the most anticipated signings from Japan in league history, Darvish is 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA in 131 career starts. He had a 10.1 strikeout-per-nine-innings rate and a 2.8 walks-per-nine-innings rate.

Yu Darvish will be chasing after a World Series title with the Chicago Cubs.

The deal is pending a physical, but we finally have one of the biggest free agents off the board in what has mostly been a quiet baseball offseason.

After almost an entire winter of speculation and reports connected Darvish with the Twins and several other clubs, the best available free agent starter chose to take his talents to the North side of Chicago. The Cubs had the money to sign Darvish, with approximately $30-$35 million to stay under the luxury tax this season. The deal is reportedly worth $126 million over six seasons.

Cubs sources disputed earlier reports they were close to a deal, noting that while communication lines were open after their meeting, no progress had been made toward a conclusion.

Darvish will slot into a rotation that's led by ace Jon Lester and also includes Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, whom the Cubs signed to a three-year deal in December. His addition will keep Mike Montgomery in the bullpen for now, but since he performs a little better in that role it may be the best thing for the team.

But for Fantasy Baseball purposes, I'm more interested in the other side of the coin: The Cubs chose Darvish.

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