One pitcher who appears to have disappeared off the radar for most teams is Jake Arrieta the right-hander who formerly played with the Chicago Cubs.
With Darvish in the mix, the Cubs rotation now consists of Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood. In the 2017 postseason, Darvish went 2-2, had an ERA of 6.14, threw 14.2 innings pitched, and struck out 14 in four starts.
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The move, first reported by The Athletic (and pending a physical exam), immediately solved the Cubs' biggest need - front-line starting pitching - and gave them an identifiable, reasonable pathway to a third straight National League Central title, assuming they can hold off resurgent rivals Milwaukee and St. Louis. Before he toes the rubber for the first time with the team days from now in Mesa, Arizona, the rest of baseball's top remaining free agents likely will fall like dominos to new teams of their own. He finished the regular season with a 10-12 record and a 3.86 ERA (118 ERA+), striking out 209 batters and walking 58 in 186⅔ innings. He has always been a strikeout pitcher owning a 11.0 K/9 rate (the highest rate in Major League Baseball history among pitchers with 100 career starts), and he is a perennial candidate to hit the 200 strikeout mark. Los Angeles is committed to staying under the luxury tax threshold this year.
Darvish signed with Texas before the 2012 season and missed all of 2015 after elbow surgery.
Of course, the last time we saw Darvish he had one of the worst outings of his career in Game 7 of the World Series.
Other free agent pitchers who have yet to sign include Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas and Jeremy Hellickson. He's still an excellent starting pitcher to build a rotation around and will immediately make the Cubs more unsafe as they chase a World Series title in 2018 and beyond. In 2017, Darvish did make 31 starts and throw 186 2/3 innings, his highest totals since 2013.