Coming into the offseason, the Chicago Cubs knew they were going to need to make some moves to patch up their starting rotation. Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents, with the former projecting to get a big contract and the latter looking to hang on and pitch one more season. The Cubs signed former Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood to take Lackey’s place, but with Arrieta gone there is still a major need for, at the very least, a No. 4 starter.

It seemed to be a slam dunk that their guy would be Alex Cobb, a former Jim Hickey pupil with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Cubs’ new pitching coach has a strong relationship with Cobb, who came back with a solid season in 2017 following essentially two full years lost to Tommy John surgery. But then came rumors that Cobb wants $20 million per year, which should make any team squeamish.

The top pitcher on the free agent market is Yu Darvish. It was well-known that Darvish struggled in the World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, starting two games and allowing eight earned runs in just 3.1 innings pitched. There are rumors that at least two teams that had previously been interested in signing Darvish dropped out from that alone, which is silly. The truth of the matter is that Darvish was tipping his pitches, a minor tick that can be fixed with some video work and a few adjustments.