If Cubs rebuild, they could trade Yu Darvish to one of these teams

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Yu Darvish would bring a nice return if the Cubs decide to enter rebuild mode

When the Cubs signed free agent Yu Darvish back in 2018 for six years and $126 million, they didn’t know how much value that contract would have attached to it as we enter the 2020 offseason.

Given the turnaround performance of Darvish these past two seasons, along with some of the other major deals signed by starting pitchers, Darvish looks like one of the biggest bargains out there. With that being said, if the Cubs decide to enter a rebuilding mode, this year’s NL Cy Young runner-up would bring back a nice return and there would definitely be a few suitors for the ace.

Darvish is currently the 11th-highest paid starting pitcher in baseball. The ten in front of him are, in order: Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Sale, Patrick Corbin, Jacob DeGrom and Johnny Cueto.

Darvish finished 2020 with more wins than all of these pitchers and tied for the most in all of baseball with eight. He finished with a lower ERA (2.01) than all of them which was also good for fourth-best in all of baseball. He also closed out the season with more quality starts (10) than all of those names ahead of him – again, tied for the most in all MLB.