Yu Darvish Posting: Are the Chicago Cubs All-In?
The Chicago Cubs might be looking to make a big splash. They submitted a bid for Darvish, according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. It also sounds as though they’re about to move some chips to the middle of the table on Prince Fielder. That would be a coup for the Cubs, virtually on par with the one the Los Angeles Angels pulled off last week.
It comes at a strange time. The Cubs seem a few years from contention; adding Fielder and Darvish would not necessarily change that. The Ricketts family, president Theo Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and the rest of the organization have emphasized player development in unison ever since Epstein came aboard in October. Another priority is updating and monetizing the area around Wrigley Field, which the Rickettses moved to do by buying land adjacent to the park this week.
Add it all up, and the logical conclusion is that the Cubs will come in a bit too low on their bid for Darvish. They’re not as ideally positioned to leverage that kind of acquisition into important wins as are the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers, among others. Still, if the Cubs could make just one game-changing addition, this would be it. The Chicago pitching staff walked the most batters and allowed the third-most runs of any group in the National League in 2011.
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