Cubs reportedly agree to terms with RHP Yu Darvish on a Six-Year Contract
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have agreed to terms with free agent right-hander Yu Darvish. The Cubs have a deal in place for six years with Darvish worth a guaranteed $126 million ($21 million AAV). Darvish’s contract reportedly maxes out around $150 million with incentives. Rosenthal indicated Darvish would have to win multiple Cy Young Awards in order to hit all of the incentives in his contract.
The Cubs have not announced an agreement being in place with Darvish. And according to Rosenthal, the deal is pending a physical.
The Cubs will begin Spring Training with a staring five of LHP Jon Lester, RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Kyle Hendricks, LHP Jose Quintana and RHP Tyler Chatwood.
The Dodgers were believed to be in on Darvish until he decided to sign with the Cubs.
Updated 2:51pm CST: According to Jerry Crasnick, Darvish’s deal includes an opt out clause and no-trade protection. Reports have not indicated a full no-trade or when he can opt out of his contract.
Updated 6:48pm CST: According to multiple reports, Darvish can opt out of his contract after the second season of the six-year contract he agreed to terms with the Cubs.