Yu Darvish, perhaps tired of the free agent market moving like molasses, could be signing with a team as early as this week, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Morosi reports that is is ‘increasingly likely’ to see Darvish name his next destination this week, which could be one of many suitors who have interest in the 31-year-old.
Source: Yu Darvish is increasingly likely to sign with an @MLB team this week. #Twins are among the teams with whom he is engaged in ongoing discussions. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 24, 2018
As Morosi notes, the Twins are in ongoing discussions with Darvish and would certainly make sense to pursue him, given the Twins’ surprising success last year that resulted in a Wild Card berth. The Twins showed they were able to hit (7th in the league in runs scored) and play flashy defense (committed the fourth fewest errors in the league), but their starting pitching behind Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios is suspect to say the least. Darvish would provide a much-needed boost for a Twins team looking to return to the postseason.
Darvish has also reportedly received an offer from the Brewers, who fell one game short of their own Wild Card berth last season. The Cubs, Yankees and Dodgers have also been named in potential landing spots for one of the best arms on the free agent market.
Darvish earned his fourth All-Star selection in 2017 but finished with a 3.83 FIP, the highest of his career. His season ended on a sour note when he was roughed up by the Astros in the World Series after a solid stint with the Dodgers after being dealt to Los Angeles at the trade deadline.