The agreement was first reported Saturday by The Athletic, which also reported that Darvish can earn up to $150 million over the life of the contract.
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Arrieta, Lynn and Cobb would appear to be the next free-agent options for clubs seeking to complete their rotations. He has always been a strikeout pitcher owning a 11.0 K/9 rate (the highest rate in Major League Baseball history among pitchers with 100 career starts), and he is a perennial candidate to hit the 200 strikeout mark. Granted, with virtually every big-name starting pitcher still on the market, that was unlikely to come to fruition, but a Darvish signing immediately boosts the Cubs' chances of returning to the NLCS for a fourth-straight year.
Darvish: 56-42, 3.42 ERA, 832 1/3 innings pitched. Los Angeles is committed to staying under the luxury tax threshold this year.
Arrieta was good last season, when he posted a 2.28 ERA after the All-Star break and made 20 road starts, the most by a Cub in 37 years.
Darvish signed with Texas before the 2012 season and missed all of 2015 after elbow surgery. It's certainly made the Cubs better, and we'll see if he starts a cascade of pitching deals now that the market has been set.
Most rumblings had Epstein more interested in pursuing a younger, less expensive starter who was under team control for two or more seasons, like Tampa Bay's Chris Archer or Toronto's Marcus Stroman. Some believe that Darvish signing will free up the logjam of other free agents - but that's no certainty, since there really are only a handful of free agents that approach his value.