Yu Darvish Needs To Be the Chicago Cubs Top Priority

With the rumors surrounding Yu Darvish being posted this winter by his Japanese team, the Chicago Cubs need to be a major player in the chase after the “next big thing” out of Japan. Yu Darvish is absolutely outstanding with some of the best stuff on the globe. Yes I know we’ve heard that before- Hideo Nomo, Irabu, and the latest being Dice K Matsuzaka- but Yu Darvish is better than them all. He possesses 6 or 7 pitches, all quality, and he can strike you out with any of them. That’s special. The other positive thing in the whole ordeal is Yu Darvish is apparently a worker, and he loves to pitch. You can’t say any of the other Japanese super stars had that reputation. So why should the Cubs concentrate on Yu instead of say…Prince Fielder?

The Cubs need pitching in the worst way. They lack an ace. They lack a guy that can take the ball every 5th day and give you a chance to win every outing. They lack the guy who can win a cy young in multiple seasons. They lack a bulldog. With all do respect to Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster- neither are an ace. As much as the Cubs want Garza to be- his stuff is just too inconsistent to be the consistent 1. If he were a 2 or 3- he would be that much more effective. CJ Wilson is on the market this winter too, so why should the Cubs look at Yu and not CJ? I like CJ Wilson. He’s done great things since moving to the rotation, but again- I just don’t see him as a true number 1. I see him as more of a 2 and there is NOTHING wrong with that. CJ Wilson is going to get “ace” like money because that’s just the way the pitching market is now a days- but that doesn’t make him an ace. There is no reason for the Cubs to over pay for a glorified 2. Some of you might ask- then why should the Cubs overpay for a guy that has never pitched in the bigs yet? After the busts of Nomo, Irabu, and Dice K? Well- all I can say is simply- Yu has better stuff than all of them. I project him to be an ace. I project him to be everything the Cubs need in an ace- and is worth the shot.

You cannot win without pitching, and that’s what the Cubs lack. You can win without the best offense- and that’s been proven. Signing Yu Darvish is a step in the right direction of building a staff that can’t be touched.

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  • matt

    we saw how the “next big thing” from japan worked out so well for the cubs last time. i’m sorry, but japanese baseball is not an equivalent to mlb.
    example: matt murton is mashing the ball in japan. my point is that mediocre hitters from mlb can easily handle japanese pitching. put those same pitchers up against pujols and braun every year? no thanks

    • Brett Rosin

      It’s about stuff. Yu has it- dice k HAD it and then forgot how u have to work hard to maintain.

      When a guy possess dominating stuff- you gotta take
      A hard look- which the cubs will do. Keep in mind- Theo has a history of making a splash across te globe

      • matt

        bottom line is that he’s unproven against mlb hitters. with a posting fee
        in the neighborhood of $50 million and then a hefty contract to go with
        it, do you really think the cubs who are handicapped by bad contracts can afford to gamble on a hit or miss type player? do you not think theo and
        the cubs have learned their lessons? sure, they might give him a look, but
        it should be no more than due diligence on the part of the cubs.
        imo they should sign fielder (proven mlb talent) figure out a fair two
        year deal with a mutual option for aram, and then trade players like
        byrd for pitching. next off season there will be plenty of (proven) free
        agent pitching to be had

        • D

          Yeah, it’s a gamble to go after an unproven MLB prospect. If Japanese players players were such studs, there’d be more than the two in the majors who’ve actually made an impact (Matsui and Ichiro — sorry, but the pitchers have not had near those hitters’ success).

          That money is better spent going after Sabathia, if the Cubs are looking at dropping a total of $125MM/5yrs.

  • Dave

    This is ridiculous. I think the Cubs need to stop taking multimillion dollar gambles for multiple years on unproven players.

    Estimates are that it will be a $50mm negotiating price, plus a 5yr/$75mm contract. And for whom? For that $125mm/5yrs, it’d be better to go after someone like CC Sabathia (assuming he opts out of his Yankees contract, and sees what more he can get, which he will).

  • Jordan

    Yu Darvish isn’t like any other Japanese pitcher before him. They all had gimmicks that people thought would work in the bigs. Nomo had his submarine style and Dice K had his crappy Gyroball that didn’t do anything. Yu Darvish is a pitcher not a gimmick like the others. He dominates Japan in a way no one else has before Dice K had a 2.95 ERA in Japan and his best ERA in Japan was 2.83, Darvish has a 2.12 ERA over his career and a 1.44 era last year. And his ERA has gone down extraoridinarily his whole career. He is 6’5 and 220 lbs and nothing like any other pitcher Japan has seen. The only time his ERA has been over 2.00 is when he was 18 and 19 years old other than that he has had a sub 2.00 era every year.

    • Brett Rosin

      I couldn’t agree more Jordan.

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