The free agent market might just pick up again just before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish on Saturday to the largest contract of the offseason. The deal is worth $126 million over 6-years, along with incentives that could add up to nearly $150 million.
Darvish will average $21 million per year, a relatively affordable amount for a pitcher of his caliber.
Now that the biggest fish in the starters market is off the board, expect to see some other big names like Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb find homes in the coming weeks. And since the market has proved to be rather team friendly, clubs should be chomping at the bit.
As far as the Cubs go moving into the 2018 season, their starting rotation is a serious force to be reckoned with.
With opening day about a month and a half away, we can all look forward to seeing how the season shakes out. More specifically, what path will lead to the impending result of a Cubs vs. Astros world series in October.