Chicago Cubs: Darvish turned a major corner this season
To say the first year of Yu Darvish‘s six-year, $126 million deal in 2018 was a disaster was an understatement. Injuries derailed most of his season after a rough start. 2019 we saw much more of the guy Theo Epstein paid for.
A full-season with Darvish being healthy and finding his grove in the second half probably gives fans a reason to relax a little looking at his contract down the road. It is a lot of money, yes, but one can hope it will be worth it. Injury history is always a worry and him being above 30 is a factor as well, but he showed he can still mow down lineups.
As for 2020, the right-hander will make $22 million if he indeed does opt-in to his deal. Sounds like he likes Chicago as does his family and the chances he will get offered more than what is set to make with the Cubs is next to zero. Him not opting in would be an incredible surprise, so he will 99.9 percent be a Cub next year.