MLB Hot Stove: Free agent Yu Darvish confirms meeting with Cubs

Elias Hubbard
December 19, 2017

Likely, they're not done on that front, and we've known for a while that they're planning on pursuing free agent right-hander Yu Darvish.

Darvish went 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts in 2017 with the Rangers and Dodgers but suffered through a dismal World Series in which he went 0-2 with a 21.60 ERA in two starts. While the current pitchers on their roster - Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios, but also Trevor May, Adalberto Mejía, and Kyle Gibson - are a mixture of those you would trust in the playoffs and those you wouldn't (there are a lot more ERAs above 4.30 than you'd like in that mix), Darvish would be one more weight on the good side of that scale.

Darvish pitched in four postseason games for the National League champions, with all four appearances being starts.

Unfair as it may be, those two rough outings have led some fans to believe that Darvish is not clutch and that he may be unable to get the job done at the sport's biggest stage.

The Cubs aren't the only team considering the possibility of signing Darvish, as it's been reported that the Minnesota Twins are as well.

Now before Cubs fans get all nervous about the prospect of having Darvish start an important postseason game, his track record suggests that those two awful outings in the World Series were just ill-timed as opposed to being symptoms of being unable to perform in the games that matter the most.

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