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Major League Baseball free agency rumors: More dots connecting Jake Arrieta to Phillies

Major League Baseball free agency rumors: More dots connecting Jake Arrieta to Phillies

"My priority in selecting a team was (one) that has a great chance of winning the World Series, and the Cubs obviously have more than a great chance", he added, noting the team's young talent and strong pitching rotation.

October is another caution flag for Darvish, given his notorious struggles against the likes of the Toronto Blue Jays and in the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros.

"In 2014, I thought he was going to eat me", Gimenez said.

After months of waiting and rumors [VIDEO] upon rumors [VIDEO], the Chicago #Cubs finally got their front-line starter, signing Yu #Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract. And with just days left before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, he made a decision that shifts the landscape of the National League significantly, and one that puts Darvish in a place to earn some Fall Classic redemption with his new team, the Chicago Cubs.

Ohtani's decision to come over now and sign with the Angels, at age 23, rather than wait two years, when he could have signed for $200 million or so rather than $3 million, makes him all the more interesting.

If Arrieta's market continues to sink, maybe something in the range of a three-year, $80M deal could work with the Phillies. It was just two years ago that the Diamondbacks gave Zack Greinke a six-year, $206.5 million contract, and perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt is just two years away from hitting free agency and commanding a lucrative deal. Don't just gloss over those numbers, please, because they have the 6-5, 220-pound righthander on the verge of baseball history. He has 1,021 strikeouts in 832.1 career innings pitched spanning five seasons. He had 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. From Triple-A to Single-A Short Season, Texas's farm affiliates finished below.500 on the year. Though a top three of Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Alex Wood in Los Angeles, and Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez in Washington presents formidable opposition, adding Darvish makes the Cubs the team best equipped to win in 2018 - especially in the playoffs.

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Epstein said Darvish was their top target. And, it's certainly worth noting that pitching upgrades did not require Theo Epstein and the rest of his brain trust to part with any of the team's wealth of hitters.

There is a reason elite free agents generally are not unveiled on the first day of spring training.

As with all of the other (relatively few) free agent signings we've taken a look at this offseason, we have to approach this one a little bit differently than we have in the past.

In the American League, the Yankees are looking scary again.

However, although most of the team is returning to Chavez Ravine in 2018, there were some notable losses for the Dodgers during the off-season.


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