Just two-and-a-half months remain until the offseason. While by no means should we skip over what will likely be a busy couple of months, it is still worth looking at some of the biggest contract decisions that could go down over the winter.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Yu Darvish, has the opportunity to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of this season. Looking beyond this year, Darvish can be under contract for four more years if he opts in to his deal. He’s due to make $22 million in both 2020 and 2021, $19 million in 2022, and $18 million in 2023. His opt-out at the end of this season would trigger the next four years of his deal, as neither he nor the team will have any remaining options.
Darvish, a Wasserman client, has made 25 starts this season, going 4-6 and allowing 67 runs on 110 hits (including 26 home runs). He has posted a 4.21 ERA while striking out 168 batters and walking 51 through 139 innings this season. It’s worth noting that Darvish didn't get his first career win at is home stadium of Wrigley Field until this summer — more than one-and-a-half years into his Cubs deal. (Of course, injuries allowed him to start just eight games in 2018.)
Darvish needs to decide if he wants to stay in Chicago, or walk.
My guess is that he will not opt out. Darvish’s injuries coupled with his struggles make him worth around $15 million at the moment — which is still $7 million lower than what is 2020 deal would look like and $3 million less than what he would be paid in 2023. But we want to hear your thoughts, too! Vote in this poll what you think will happen, and justify your pick in the comments.
Will Yu Darvish exercise his 2020 opt-out?
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Yes, he will opt out
No, he will opt in