Yu Darvish isn't going to get sentimental when it comes to facing off with his former team.
"I wish he had gone somewhere in the American League," former teammate Clayton Kershaw said of Darvish's decision, per the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough. "I guess we'll just have to beat him now."
The Cubs succeeded on two fronts by signing Darvish. They strengthened their starting rotation and filled the void left by free agent Jake Arrieta. Chicago also took a key player away from a top competitor. Darvish was 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts after the Texas Rangers traded him to the Dodgers in July.
The Dodgers and Cubs met in the postseason in each of the last two years, and they could well do so again in 2018. In his most recent power rankings, Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter listed Chicago and Los Angeles second and third, respectively, making them the two best teams in the National League.
If the Cubs get revenge on the Dodgers following their defeat in the 2017 National League Championship Series, signing Darvish likely will be a big reason why.