We know for sure that the Yankees took a shot at signing free agent pitcher Yu Darvish in January because Darvish himself admitted they made an offer. The four-time All-Star did so in a tweet that, without naming names, shot down Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay's ESPN radio report of a seven-year, $160-million proposal that was pulled off the table after not being accepted in 48 hours. Darvish settled for a lot fewer dollars and one less year Saturday when joining forces with one of the other six finalists, as the Chicago Cubs locked up the Japanese righty for $126 million over six years. The financial commitment that the Cubs made to Darvish proved to be too much for the Yankees in this rare year in which they'll basically play on a self-mandated salary cap. As most Yankees fans know by now, GM Brian Cashman is under orders from managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner to keep the 2018 payroll under baseball's $197 million luxury tax threshold so that the club's penalty rate can be reset. And so, the Yankees will begin spring training on Tuesday with no newcomers in a rotation that was better than expected last year before being outclassed by the Houston Astros' in the ALCS: righties Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray, and lefties CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery.