Simon: What does Yu Darvish bring to the Cubs?

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on February 14, 2018:

On Saturday, the Cubs landed the biggest pitching prize of the free-agent market when they agreed to a six-year, $126 million deal with Yu Darvish.

The Cubs believe they added both quality and depth and a replacement for one of their top pitchers, Jake Arrieta. Darvish will slot in alongside Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, José Quintana and another new acquisition, Tyler Chatwood, to form one of the top starting rotations in the majors.

Darvish had a 3.86 ERA and a 3.83 FIP in 31 starts in 2017. He pitched well to end the regular season, as well as in the LDS and LCS, before getting crushed twice in the World Series.

Let’s take a closer look at where he stands at this point in his career and how he fits with the Cubs.

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Originally published: February 14, 2018. Last Updated: February 14, 2018.