Wolfson believes the deal is four or five years in length but the financials of the deal are still unknown. Bob Nightengale of the USA Today reported that Darvish has several five-year deals on the table.
Nightengale mentions the Twins, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers as teams that need his services and predicts he ends up signing with the Cubs for five-years, $125 million.
The 31-year-old Darvish had a 3.86 ERA, 118 ERA+ and 1.16 WHIP last season with 209 strikeouts in 186.2 innings between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was good in his first two playoff starts (11.1 IP, 2 ER, 14 K) but struggled badly in two World Series starts (3.1 IP, 9 ER, 0 K).
The Twins have also showed interest in the next tier of free agent starters that includes Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. The Twins have also shown interest in Houston Astros starter Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay Rays starter Jake Odorizzi per Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic.
Teams see both McHugh and Odorizzi as backup options to Darvish and could still look at lower tier pitchers like Andrew Cashner first. Rosenthal mentions the Baltimore Orioles as a team looking to add a starting pitcher through trade or free agency.
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The Dodgers continue their efforts to move outfielder Matt Kemp and their inability to do so could be a current hindrance in signing Darvish.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN lists Lynn, Cobb, Cashner, Jason Vargas and Chris Tillman as starters the O’s are keeping tabs on. Though they are hesitant to give a long-term deal after the bad outcome of giving Ubaldo Jimenez four-years, $50 million previously.
Infielder Nick Noonan signed a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp with the Oakland A’s.