A report began circulating on Thursday afternoon that free agent starter Yu Darvish was a “done deal.” That report, however, was quickly refuted by other, more well-regarded journalists in the know like Bruce Levine and David Kaplan.
Just to make perfectly clear, though, Darvish himself took to Twitter to dispel the rumor, using the hashtag #fakenews:
So, there you have it. Darvish is still a free agent.
Darvish reportedly met with the Rangers, Astros, and Cubs this week. The Twins are also believed to have strong interest in procuring the right-hander’s talent.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.