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Yu Darvish Signs With Cubs

Oct 27, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (21) reacts after retiring the Houston Astros in the first inning in game three of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The slowest off-season in recent memory finally has a big signing, as former Dodger Yu Darvish has signed with the Chicago Cubs. The signing was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.

The Cubs have longed been viewed as a top contender for Darvish. They even went as far as to sign his personal catcher from his time with the Rangers, Chris Gimenez. The Dodgers were also always viewed as a likely landing spot, but despite continued negotiations they fell short.

The Dodgers clearly wanted to bring Darvish back, but the two sides just couldn’t come together. With the top starter off the market, the Dodgers could shift their attention to Jake Arrieta, or pursue a trade for a starter such as Chris Archer. Starting pitching isn’t a huge need for the Dodgers, but they obviously would still like to add to what they have. With the luxury tax in their way, they’ll have to get creative if they want to make any big moves. This seems to be what prevented them from retaining Darvish.

Analysis

The Dodgers will likely run into Darvish with Chicago, if not during the regular season then in the postseason. He improves an already solid Cubs team, which appears to be the Dodgers biggest threat in the National League yet again.

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Written by Hunter Thompson

Born in Pennsylvania but comes from a long line of Dodger fans from their Brooklyn days. Extremely passionate about the Dodgers and baseball in general. News writer and Twittercaster for Dodger games. Follow me on Twitter @Officialism27 for more Dodgers talk!

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