Cubs reportedly meet with Yu Darvish in Texas
The Chicago Cubs most definitely are in on the Yu Darvish sweepstakes.
Two Cubs executives flew into Dallas on Monday, and 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine speculated it was to meet with Darvish.
Cubs Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer landed in Dallas this afternoon. Free agent Yu Darvish meeting is likely destination for the two execs.
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 18, 2017
Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman indeed confirmed that was the reason for the trip. He also says the team is interested in many other pitchers.
sources: cubs are indeed meeting with yu. they have cast a wide net on free-agent/trade markets for a top starting pitcher. cobb, lynn, arrieta, duffy, archer among other possibilities. https://t.co/enuahpAKTm
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 18, 2017
The Cubs have a big free agent of their own on the market — Jake Arrieta. They are interested in re-signing him, but the market value for him may prove to be greater than they are willing to spend.
In addition to the Cubs, the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins are said to have interest in Darvish, while the Dodgers are interested in retaining him as well.