Though there is no deal appearing to be imminent at this time, Heyman says the Brewers are a strong contender for the 31-year-old Japanese pitcher. In addition to the Brewers, who have previously made an offer to him, the Twins are said to be in active discussions with Darvish, the Cubs are also actively talking to him, and the Rangers and Dodgers still have interest. The Yankees also made an offer to Darvish, but look to be out of the running for him.
The Brewers have been looking to upgrade their starting pitching all offseason. So far, they signed Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo in December to join Zach Davies and Chase Anderson. They also acquired budding star outfielder Christian Yelich and signed center fielder Lorenzo Cain, showing how serious they are about trying to contend this year after being eliminated from postseason contention last year in the second-to-last game of the season.
Last year, Darvish posted a 10-12 record with a 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 209 strikeouts over the course of 186 2⁄3 innings between the Rangers and the Dodgers. After being acquired at the non-waiver deadline by the Dodgers, Darvish helped the club get to the World Series.