According to multiple reports, in addition to the change of hands and the offseason that have occurred, the Cubs also traded ace Dafish and catcher Victor Caratini to Padres for right-handed Za K. Davis and four prospects.
The 34-year-old Darvish became the runner-up of Cy Young in the National League after achieving an 8-3 record with a 2.01 ERA in 2020. Based on his ability and a relatively reasonable contract, this caused the Cubs. The team’s most valuable asset.
When Jed Hoyer took over as team president in November, he did not escape the fact that he was about to make difficult decisions. But few people would expect that these decisions will include not only players close to free agency positions, but also the best starting pitcher for the Cubs.
Hoyer said last month: “In this work, you always have an eye for the present and the future.”
The priests have been working hard for the catcher and brought their man to Karatini, who became Davidish’s personal catcher in 2019. Darwish has a career ERA of 2.80 in 31 games with Karatini.
According to reports, the four prospects heading to the Cubs are shortstops Reginald Preciado and Essen Santana, and outfielders Owen Casey and Ismail Menor.
The Darvish deal was the first major move by the Cubs under Hoyer, as they did not tender outfielders Kyle Schwarber and J. Albert Almora earlier in the offseason. This transaction will greatly increase the salary in the accounts of the cubs, which is necessary for them. As part of the six-year, $126 million deal he signed with the Cubs before the 2018 season, Darwin will be owed $62 million in the next three seasons.
Since Memorial Day in 2019, Davis has accumulated 2.84 ERA in 32 starting stages (199⅔ innings), with an average of 11.5 strikeouts and 2.4 steps per 9 innings.
The Cubs are already worried about their pitching depth, and dealing with their ace adds to this. Davies joined Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills and Adbert Alzolay in the expected rotation. Despite the increase in roles in 2020, Mills and Alzolay have limited experience, only 152⅔ games in total.
“We know that if we plan 162 [games] Cubs manager David Ross (David Ross) said.
With the Darvish trade, infielders Kris Bryant and Javy Baez both started paying attention to them. They both entered their final contract year and then became free agents next winter. NL Central seems to be contending, but if the Cubs decide to move in the direction of cutting top players and salaries, winning the division title may be more difficult than in recent years.
Hoyer said: “I think there is always a challenge to try both, which is why you have to focus on both.” “When making a decision that allows you to make both decisions at the same time, you must be cautious in timing. .
“I think at some point, you really have to look at the big picture. We did win the championship in this department this year. We are really talented. So I think we can do it at the same time. But it does mean that at some point Somewhat opportunistic.”