— theScore (@theScore) December 19, 2017
This is what we would say yesterday in regards to the ace:
“And while the numbers from 2017 dona��t paint a great picture (3.86 ERA, 3.81), we must look a little deeper. Looking at WARP (viaA�Baseball Prospectus),A�this was his third-best season. Moreover, ita��s his best since 2013. His k-rate of 27.3 percent is on the lower side of his career totals, but not by much.
“Then therea��s his Deserved Run Averagea��3.08a��which is his best mark since 2014. Of course, Darvish wouldna��t play at all in 2015 while recovering from surgery. But still, hea��s going to demand big money in free agency.”
As we already know, the Cubs are in prime position to make a splash. Why not make it with Darvish?