Yu Darvish RUMORS & NEWS

  • Yu Darvish injury update: Cubs pitcher back from flu, leaves in 4th with leg cramp

    Sporting News "  Yu Darvish can't seem to catch a break. Yu Darvish can't seem to catch a break. The Cubs right-hander made his first start back from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday against the Braves but was taken out after four innings due to cramping..." May 16

  • The perception of the Cubs’ Yu Darvish as mentally soft is common. Is it fair?

    Chicago Sun-Times "One of the worst things that can be said about a professional athlete is that he’s mentally soft, that he caves in under pressure. If it is said, it’s usually said in hushed tones. Just two months into Yu Darvish’s career as a Cub, it’s being talked about..." May 15

  • Joe Maddon says Cubs aren't worried about Yu Darvish's mental state

    Chicago Tribune "When the Cubs moved Yu Darvish’s return to the rotation back one day, many assumed they didn’t want him pitching at Wrigley Field, where he was booed in his last outing before going on the 10-day disabled list with the flu. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said they simply took advantage of an..." May 14

  • Yu Darvish moved back one more day in Cubs rotation

    Chicago Tribune "Yu Darvish’s return to the Cubs rotation has been moved back a day. Manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Jose Quintana will start Monday in the makeup game against the Braves at Wrigley Field. Darvish, on the 10-day disabled list with the flu, will now start the opener of the series in Atlanta..." May 11

  • Yu serious? Cubs putting Darvish on DL for the flu only worsens his reputation

    Chicago Tribune "Minutes before Monday night’s first pitch, the Cubs routinely announced they had placed right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list with the parainfluenza virus. Oh. This raised the eyebrows of everyone who saw a smiling Darvish mingling in the Cubs clubhouse three hours..." May 08

  • Cubs place struggling starter Yu Darvish on 10-day disabled list with flu

    Chicago Tribune "Yu Darvish’s rocky start took on a medical twist when the Cubs placed their prized free agent pitcher on 10-day disabled list because of “parainfluenza virus.” Darvish, 31, was placed on the DL retroactive to Friday. Darvish is eligible to come off the list May 14 — when the Cubs play the..." May 07

  • Would Yu Darvish Becoming a $126M Mistake Derail the Chicago Cubs?

    Bleacher Report "Yu Darvish was supposed to put the Chicago Cubs on an L train straight to championship city. That was the plan when they signed the right-hander to a six-year, $126 million pact this winter and waved goodbye to free-agent hurlers Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. A bumpy month-plus into the 2018..." May 07

  • Maddon denies claim that personal catcher will fix Darvish's struggles

    Chicago Tribune "The evaluation period has ended, and the Cubs have seen enough to take the kid gloves off struggling starter Yu Darvish. “Now we’re ready to say things in a really constructive matter, where the constructive criticism flows with no pushback from either side,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re..." May 05

  • Did the Cubs get the extended warranty when they purchased Yu Darvish?

    Chicago Tribune "Did the Cubs also pay for the extended warranty with Yu Darvish? Because this is extended misery. Extended from March to April. Extended from April to May. Extended because the spurned Jake Arrieta is largely delivering quality starts. In Philadelphia, Arrieta is setting an example. In..." May 03

  • Maddon Disputes Notion that Darvish Doesn’t Compete

    The Sports Post "Joe Maddon doesn’t want to hear your Yu Darvish slander. The narrative that surrounds Darvish paints a picture of a weak-minded pitcher that doesn’t like to compete. But if you take one look at his track record, any semi-intelligent person would know how bizarre this is. Not to mention the fact..." April 28

  • Joe Maddon: Narrative that Yu Darvish doesn't compete is absolutely false

    ESPN "Cubs manager Joe Maddon pushed back Thursday on the notion that high-priced starter Yu Darvish doesn't "compete" enough as the righty prepares for his fifth start as a Cub on Friday. Darvish is 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA this season. "This concept that he doesn't compete is absolutely fabricated..." April 27

  • Yu Darvish’s meltdowns ‘a concern,’ but Cubs ‘not going to press panic button’

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs aren’t exactly sure about how to solve the curious case of Yu Darvish and his quick-to-unravel fifth innings. But it continued to be a focus of their attention the morning after the big-ticket right-hander’s two-out walk of the Rockies pitcher in the fifth Saturday turned a scoreless,..." April 23

  • Yu Darvish still seeking answers after another short outing: 'It's definitely my problem'

    ESPN "A day after another poor finish to a Yu Darvish outing, the Chicago Cubs -- including Darvish -- are searching for answers. He and pitching game planner, Mike Borzello, were huddled at a table inside the Cubs clubhouse Sunday morning for a lengthy chat and examination of Saturday's short outing..." April 22

  • Cubs' Yu Darvish plans to unleash full pitching arsenal in next start

    Chicago Tribune "Yu Darvish took a somewhat unique approach Tuesday in preparation for his Saturday start against the Brewers. Darvish, who threw only 59 of 102 pitches for strikes in his first start, devoted much of his bullpen workout to incorporating all his pitches and not just sharpening his..." April 04

  • Yu Darvish not sure if World Series struggles were due to tipping pitches

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish is now with a new team and has a chance to make people start forgetting about what happened in the World Series. After excellent outings against the Diamondbacks and Cubs in his first two postseason appearances for the Dodgers, Darvish was blown up by the Houston Astros in the World..." March 06

  • As Yu Darvish debuts for Cubs, unsigned Jake Arrieta faces likely delayed season

    Chicago Sun-Times "The clock is down to the final few ticks for Jake Arrieta and other unsigned free-agent starting pitchers hoping to find new teams in time to be ready for an opening rotation. Once they sign, these free agents still need spring starts, underscoring Cubs president Theo Epstein’s remarks last..." March 06

  • Cubs want Yu Darvish to ease into his role in the rotation

    Chicago Tribune "In the eyes of manager Joe Maddon, newcomer Yu Darvish has acclimated himself to the Cubs culture so quickly that his curiosity is “really low” as Darvish makes his spring training debut Thursday against the Rockies. So what else could Darvish bring to the Cubs? “Hopefully between 15 to 20..." March 01

  • Yu Darvish makes quick favorable impression on new Cubs teammates

    Chicago Tribune "After watching one of Yu Darvish’s pitches during a batting-practice session Tuesday, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber merely said, “Oh, God.” “Insane,” Willson Contreras added after catching Darvish’s first bullpen session and then following Schwarber in the cage. Manager Joe Maddon tried to..." February 21

  • Report: Yu Darvish Had Surprising Offer on Table Before Signing With Cubs

    12 Up "​Yu Darvish's poor postseason performance did not affect his offseason in the slightest. Even with ​Astros players saying that Darvish tipped his pitches in the World Series, the dude got paid. He signed a 6 year, 126 million dollar contract and ​rejected a similar deal from his previous..." February 14

  • Source: Rangers 'not even close' on Darvish

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish is going to the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed, with a six-year deal worth at least $126 million after his No. 1 landing spot failed to make a competitive offer. The same source said that the Texas Rangers, the team that brought Darvish from Japan in 2012 and traded him away July..." February 12

  • Cubs Reportedly Made Late Call To Arrieta Before Signing Darvish

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs “put in one last call” to Jake Arrieta before completing their six-year, $126MM deal with Yu Darvish, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman says Epstein respectfully inquired as to whether Arrieta would have been willing to accept “a deal believed to be similar to the one offered..." February 12

  • Cubs To Sign Yu Darvish

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Cubs have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $126 million contract with free-agent starter Yu Darvish, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports. The deal includes incentives that can boost the total value to $150 million, per Rosenthal. Darvish, 31, split last season between the Texas..." February 10

  • Yu Darvish reportedly has five offers on the table. What does that mean?

    Hardball Talk "What to make of these sorts of reports in this weird, weird offseason? Yes, reputable reporters are reporting that Yu Darvish has multiple $100 million+ offers on the table, most recently and notably from the Twins, who could use a starting pitcher like no one’s business. That report, from..." February 09

  • Twins reportedly make formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are serious about their interest in Yu Darvish. They’re so serious that they made a formal contract offer to the pitcher, according to a report. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities reported in a podcast published on Wednesday that the Twins made a formal,..." February 08

  • Report: Darvish waiting to see if Dodgers, Yankees clear salary

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish is the best starting pitcher on the MLB free agent market, and it is safe to assume he has received multiple contract offers this winter. The right-hander obviously hasn’t been blown away by any of those offers, but could he also be holding out for one specific team? According to..." January 31

  • Brewers strongly in mix for Yu Darvish

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are in discussions with free agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish and appear to be very much in the mix, sources tell FanRag Sports. There is no evidence to suggest a deal is close at this time. People throughout the league suggest that the Brewers have been one of the..." January 31

  • Yu Darvish wants to return to the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "In a reader mailbag, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says his understanding is that free agent starter Yu Darvish would like to return to the Dodgers. Darvish hasn’t signed with a team yet because he’s waiting to see if the Dodgers can free up some payroll space to add him while staying..." January 30

  • In raging Cubs debate, a vote for Yu Darvish over Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Sun-Times "Chicago knows Jake Arrieta. We know his strengths and weaknesses. We know more about his diet than we do about our own, possibly because we don’t pay attention to ours. Chicago doesn’t know Yu Darvish. Well, we know him from afar and saw him struggle in the World Series last season. But we..." January 30

  • Report: Phillies have checked in on Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "We have a surprise entrant in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes. According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Philadelphia Phillies have looked into free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, and may become a factor if his market doesn’t develop as anticipated. The Phillies aren’t really contending or..." January 24

  • Report: Cubs in Active Talks With Yu Darvish

    12 Up "The Chicago Cubs are mentioned alongside most of the top MLB free agents. Whether it's a player they're set to lose like Jake Arrieta, or a big name free agent they could sign such as Yu Darvish, they're usually in the discussion. That trend continued tonight, as the Cubs are in active talks..." January 23

  • Yu Darvish Has Reportedly Received Five-Year Offer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yu Darvish has received “at least” one five-year offer, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (via Twitter). Crasnick does not specify if the five-year offer is the one which he’s reportedly received from the Brewers, though Milwaukee is indeed one of the teams in the mix for Darvish, per the report. The..." January 22

  • Brewers reportedly make an offer to Yu Darvish, one of top starters on free-agent market

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There has been speculation all winter that the Milwaukee Brewers would jump in at some point on one of the top free-agent starting pitchers, and apparently they finally decided to do so with Yu Darvish. Reports out of both Japan and the United States on Sunday indicated the Brewers made an..." January 22

  • Twins determined in pursuit of Darvish

    MLB.com "As the Rule 5 Draft came to a close on Thursday, Twins general manager Thad Levine stood at the back of the room, waiting to meet with local reporters to talk about the Winter Meetings that were just wrapping up. But before Levine could do his media session, he was swarmed by a group of..." January 20

  • Yu Darvish to Yankees on team-friendly contract?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The longer Yu Darvish sits out on the free-agent market, the more some will clamor for the Yankees to blow past the luxury-tax threshold and sign the strikeout artist. While that's not likely to happen anytime soon, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman could try to find a creative way to sign..." January 19

  • Is this the contract that makes Yu Darvish a Yankee?

    New York Post "Yu Darvish, via Twitter, has indicated six teams are pursuing him in free agency, and Brian Cashman has copped that the Yankees remain among the interested. But it would take creativity for the Yankees to sign Darvish and even with the below plan, they still might have to find a way to offload..." January 17

  • Is the cost of landing Yu Darvish worth it for the Yankees?

    SNY TV "The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode. They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition..." January 16

  • Yankees can create payroll flexibility to sign Yu Darvish by trading Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier to Giants

    New York Daily News "If the Yankees have any hope of trading Jacoby Ellsbury to help pave the way for signing Yu Darvish, they’ll probably have to include one of their best young players as an enticement. Most likely that means Clint Frazier, for the same reason Brian Cashman was willing to deal him for Gerrit..." January 15

  • Should the Rangers pursue Yu Darvish?

    Fanrag Sports "There have been rumors on and off that Yu Darvish would favor a return to the Texas Rangers pretty much since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Darvish hasn’t eliminated them from his list of considered teams yet, and the relationship between the Texas front office and the pitcher is..." January 13

  • Yankees Offered Yu Darvish Massive Deal Before Pulling Offer

    NESN "The New York Yankees are reportedly interested in free agent pitcher Yu Darvish — if the price is right. Apparently, $160 million right for the Yankees. Unfortunately for the Bronx Bombers, however, the price wasn’t right for Davish … at least not yet. The Yankees have been busy this..." January 12

  • Yu Darvish Likes Yankees, But Is The Feeling Still Mutual?

    CBS New York "The Yankees’ quest for a sixth starting pitcher has been the topic of discussion ever since they stunned the sports world by trading for Giancarlo Stanton a month ago. Whether it be general manager Brian Cashman or new manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees have repeatedly stated they’d like to add..." January 11

  • Darvish still considering Rangers, but is it just wishful thinking?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "News, not particularly big news, was made Tuesday by the Texas Rangers, who avoided arbitration with outfielder Ryan Rua on a one-year deal with $870,000. They also signed catcher Mike Ohlman to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rua is one of four..." January 10

  • Twins in contact with Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "Since the signing of Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani, there has been very little movement on the pitcher free agent market. Yu Darvish remains one of the biggest — if not the biggest — pitchers on the market. And the Minnesota Twins are among the teams with heavy interest in him. Fan Rag..." January 04

  • Yu Darvish himself shoots down a rumor that he signed with the Cubs

    Hardball Talk "A report began circulating on Thursday afternoon that free agent starter Yu Darvish was a “done deal.” That report, however, was quickly refuted by other, more well-regarded journalists in the know like Bruce Levine and David Kaplan. Just to make perfectly clear, though, Darvish himself took to..." December 21

  • How Yankees whispers can turn into a Yu Darvish splash

    New York Post "Ancient, recent past and current history have taught us one thing when it comes to the Yankees: Never use the word never. Babe Ruth. Roger Clemens. Alex Rodriguez. Giancarlo Stanton. None of them were ever going to be Yankees, and all eventually were. “I still can’t believe it,’’ Dellin..." December 21

  • Cubs' pursuit of Yu Darvish has been under the radar

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs’ interest in free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish is surprising and intriguing at the same time. Darvish and Jake Arrieta, both 31, are considered the top two starters on the market, and if Arrieta’s asking price was expected to be too high for the Cubs to consider re-signing him, it made..." December 20

  • Astros planning to meet with Yu Darvish

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros are said by sources to be meeting in Texas with star free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, following by one day the Cubs’ meeting with the right-hander. The Cubs’ confab with Darvish “went well” by all accounts. But they obviously have some company in the Darvish derby. The..." December 19

  • Yu Darvish confirms meeting with Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "Hours after it was reported that the Chicago Cubs were interested in free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, the man himself confirmed that he met with the team on Monday. In his native Japanese, Darvish said that he did not have an interpreter with him for the 3.5-hour meeting in order to get more..." December 19

  • Signing Yu Darvish would be great win-now move for Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "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..." December 18

  • Twins are still part of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As spring training creeps closer — yes, it’s only two months away — we have the same old Twins. They speak optimistically of making impactful moves, fail to do so, then talk about how hard they tried. Or so it seems. This offseason still could be different. The Twins seem determined to try..." December 18

  • Dodgers’ Dave Roberts not surprised to learn Astros said Yu Darvish was tipping pitches

    L.A. Daily News "In case getting past the Dodgers’ Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros wasn’t difficult enough, Manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday faced confirmation of their fears: that Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches in two of the Series losses. An anonymous Astros player told Sports Illustrated..." December 13