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Cubs Make Yu Darvish Signing Official

Darvish, the top pitcher on the market, could make up to $150 million in the deal



    Cubs Make Yu Darvish Signing Official
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    Yu Darvish #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after being relieved during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    It's official: Yu Darvish is a Chicago Cub. 

    The team announced the widely reported deal Tuesday, saying Darvish has agreed to a six-year contract through the 2023 season. 

    Not long after, the Chicago Cubs tweeted a photo of Darvish shaking hands with Jason Heyward "his gold-glove right fielder." 

    The huge move came just before the beginning of spring training.

    The deal will reportedly pay Darvish $126 million, and with incentives could go as high as $150 million, though the team did not disclose complete terms of the contract. 

    Darvish posted a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He struck out 209 batters in 186.2 innings, and posted a 1.16 WHIP on the year. 

    According to multiple reports, both the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers were in the mix for Darvish, but the hurler ended up choosing Chicago as his destination. 

    The Cubs' rotation, already stacked up fairly well for the coming year, is now unquestionably one of the best in baseball, as Darvish joins fellow acquisition Tyler Chatwood in joining a strong group that includes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Kyle Hendricks.