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In Hindsight, Rangers Should Have Gotten More for Darvish

15 February 2018

I'm beyond ready and excited for February 14.

"I just tried to portray what I thought of the organization, knowing what Joe brings to the table", Gimenez said. Please, don't flatter me.

As Spring Training begins, the real intrigue is as much about who's not in camp as who is there.

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"I've always said if there is no team that meets our requirement", Darvish told the media through a translator, referring to the contract negotiations over the previous weeks, "l'm ready to retire". At least we have the Ramblers, right? Even with their stellar rotation, the Cubs needed to add a top end starter to stay competitive with the Dodgers and Nationals, and to fend off the Cardinals. After all, it's hard to imagine this offseason moving any slower.

The addition of Darvish gives the Cubs a big boost as they try to return to the World Series after winning the title two years ago for the first time since 1908. There's so much to be excited about. This offseason has been filled with exciting trades, free agent signings, and hirings, foreshadowing what will be a great 2018 season. He had 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings. Although he had a respectable 3.41 ERA in 17 starts in 2016, that number soared to 4.01 in his first 22 starts with the Rangers previous year before he was ultimately dealt to the Dodgers, where he regained some of his flavor and posted a 3.44 ERA in nine starts. That included beating the Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series with a 6 1/3 inning gem where he allowed just one run and struck out seven.

So after shopping him the last couple of months, surely they'll put Machado up for bid at the July trade deadline unless they prove to be a surprise team. The Japanese star was dominant upon his arrival to the league, posting ERAs of 2.83 and 3.06 in 2013 and 2014 as a member of the Texas Rangers. It became even more clear when he answered this question about former Rangers teammate and now current Cubs catcher Chris Gimenez, whose signing with Chicago many believe set the stage for Darvish's arrival. However, he was 3-8 at Coors Field - the Rockies' home field - and 5-7 on the road, so he has the potential to thrive at Wrigley Field.

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The Cubs now have on of the best, if not the best, rotations in baseball.

But who knows? The years of failing to get over the hump in the postseason might be wearing on the best pitcher in baseball, and the Dodgers too, especially if they fall short again this season.

Everything seems to be coming together for the Cubs after getting trounced by the Dodgers in the NLCS previous year and, in my totally expert and non-biased opinion, I'm having visions of seeing the Commissioner's Trophy make its return to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

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In Hindsight, Rangers Should Have Gotten More for Darvish