Yu Darvish Happy For Jake Arrieta Finding New Home

Darvish is filling the rotation spot of Arrieta, who signed with the Phillies.

Bruce Levine
March 11, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish

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By Bruce Levine--

MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish made his second start of the spring Sunday, going 3 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five. 

Darvish is now filling the rotation spot that was held for the past several years by Jake Arrieta, whom the Cubs let walk in free agency and who after a long offseason wait finally found a new home in agreeing to a three-year, $75-million deal witht the Phillies on Sunday. Darvish was pleased to see that Arrieta had found a new team.

"It's really good that Jake has a new team, signing with the Phillies," Darvish said through his traslator. "I was aware of his situation. He really succeeded here with the Cubs. I was following where he was going to go. I am glad he ended up somewhere he wanted to go."

The difference in total paydays for Darvish, 31, and Arrieta, 32, was stark. Darvish signed a six-year, $126-million deal with the Cubs in February. While Arrieta will make more annually with a $25 million figure in that regard, he has received $51 million less in guaranteed money. 

"All of that is up to the agents," Darvish said, staying away from the political part of the negotiations. "I am not a professional when it comes to contracts."

Darvish is scheduled to pitch against the Marlins in the third game of the regular season on March 31. He should get three more spring training outings to build up to around 100 pitches before being declared game ready.

Darvish did show a lighter side in talking about the slow-moving free-agent market and the rather disappointing outcome for many players.

"After I signed with the Cubs, (Eric) Hosmer and (J.D.) Martinez signed their contracts," Darvish said. "Now that I look back in retrospect, I should have signed earlier to help those guys."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.