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.

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I’m a 22-year-old Seattle Mariners fan who is into everything baseball. I was born in Kent, WA in 1995 and was six the last time they made the playoffs. I played the sport myself through high school, and once I realized I wasn’t good enough at playing, I knew I had to go a different route to continue to be around the game I love. In June of 2017 I graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Eastern Washington University. I wrote for the school newspaper during my two years there covering the athletic department as well as the football and basketball teams. Going forward, I aim to keep writing and hope to cover the sport I love.
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MLB Department Head | The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m a 22-year-old Seattle Mariners fan who is into everything baseball. I was born in Kent, WA in 1995 and was six the last time they made the playoffs. I played the sport myself through high school, and once I realized I wasn’t good enough at playing, I knew I had to go a different route to continue to be around the game I love. In June of 2017 I graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Eastern Washington University. I wrote for the school newspaper during my two years there covering the athletic department as well as the football and basketball teams. Going forward, I aim to keep writing and hope to cover the sport I love.
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