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The Daily Darvish: Did Yu ever have to make up your mind?

Eight days until the first Cubs pitcher and catcher workout.

The waiting is the hardest part
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Late Monday, one of the bigger-name free agents signed a contract:

Back in November, MLB Trade Rumors predicted that Todd Frazier would get three years and $33 million — from the Mets, so they got that part right. The AAV of the actual contract is lower than the predicted MLBTR AAV. Perhaps this will begin to break the logjam.

One thing this signing might mean is that the Mets are almost certainly not counting on the return of David Wright, who hasn’t played a full year since 2014 and didn’t play at all in 2017, except for three rehab games. Wright’s career has been ruined by injuries and he might, at age 35, be done. Frazier, of course, could also play first base.

Oh, yes. Yu Darvish. There simply isn’t any new Darvish news this morning. His Twitter account has been quiet, except for a couple of retweets, and even the national writers haven’t had much to say on the topic.

The calm before the storm? Perhaps. Here are some suggestions of contracts for some of the top remaining free agents. The writer has Darvish going to the Rangers at 5/125. The Rangers have pretty much said they’re not going to spend like that; if the Cubs could get Darvish at 5/125, I’d say they ought to do it. The article also has Jake Arrieta to the Cubs at 4/80 (unlikely) and Jon Jay to the Cubs on a one-year, $5 million deal. Much as I like Jay, I don’t see this happening, mostly because there simply isn’t room on the current projected 25-man roster for him.

We go back to the 1960s for today’s musical selection, and lyrics that must be going through Darvish’s mind even if he has never heard the Lovin’ Spoonful song:

Did Yu ever have to make up your mind?
And pick up on one and leave the other behind?
It’s not often easy and not often kind.
Did Yu ever have to make up your mind?

Did Yu ever have to finally decide?
And say yes to one and let the other one ride?
There’s so many changes and tears Yu must hide.
Did Yu ever have to finally decide?

Today’s song:


Before spring training begins, the Cubs will sign...

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  • 17%
    Jake Arrieta
    (138 votes)
  • 27%
    Alex Cobb
    (208 votes)
  • 26%
    Yu Darvish
    (205 votes)
  • 2%
    Lance Lynn
    (22 votes)
  • 2%
    A different starting pitcher (leave in comments)
    (19 votes)
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    No one
    (175 votes)
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