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Just when Pirates fans thought the National League Central couldn’t get any more competitive, the Chicago Cubs go out and sign arguably the best starting pitcher available.
The 2016 world champions signed the former Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Darvish to a long-term deal, bolstering a starting rotation that already includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood.
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported Darvish’s deal on Twitter Saturday. While it was initially believed the deal was going to be in the $150 million range, it was later reported to be around $126 million.
The addition of the 31-year old right hander gives the Cubs one of the deepest rotations in all of baseball and adds to the deep competition in the NL Central.
The Milwaukee Brewers made drastic improvements to its outfield this offseason, adding Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. The St. Louis Cardinals also bolstered its lineup, trading for outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
The Pirates front office has had a hard time convincing fans that the club can compete in 2018 and the moves made by the team’s divisional foes doesn’t help their case.
Baseball talk on the web
- Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi sparking trade interest.
- Kenley Jansen among top relievers in Major League Baseball.
- Former Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon dies at 87.
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