In an off season that seems to be in a state of paralysis, the speculation over free agent starter Yu Darvish continues to mount. A flurry of conflicting reports emerged tonight on the tall right hander's future roiled the internet.
The first report Monday was good news for the Cubs. Jon Morosi went on MLB Network radio to say Darvish preferred Chicago over other bidders especially the Minnesota Twins. Morosi said the talk among baseball executives was the Cubs would likely sign him even if the Twins offered more money.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 29, 2018
Cubs fans had little time to feel good about this news before a new report dropped. Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough mentioned in a question and answer session Darvish wants to remain in LA:
Yes. My understanding is that Yu Darvish has made clear he would like to return to the Dodgers, and part of the delay in his free agency is related to waiting to see if the team can move some of the money. The Dodgers have explored scenarios for moving useful but (theoretically) extraneous assets such as Yasmani Grandal, Logan Forsythe and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Given the fact that those players are still Dodgers and Darvish is still a free agent, you can guess how the market has reacted to this gambit by the front office.
The Dodgers need to clear salary to stay under the luxury tax threshold. LA has gone over the threshold the last 5 seasons and would be due a massive fine if they went over again. Thus the odds of moving any of these albatross contracts to get Darvish are still very low.
Just when that was starting to ripple through the web, another beat writer jumped into the fray. This time TR Sullivan who covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com said Darvish preferred to stay in Texas and was waiting for their offer.
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) January 29, 2018
OH COME ON x2