After the latest skid the Rangers are focusing on the future of their organization. A future that might not involve starter Yu Darvish. The Chicago Cubs are reportedly interested in Darvish is that a good fit for him?
The Texas Rangers are likely going to be sellers at the trade deadline this year. The team has failed to find consistency since the All-Star break and is trending in the wrong direction. The latest rumors have starter Yu Darvish heading to the North Side of Chicago.
It’s safe to say Rangers fans should get used to all the rumors. General manager Jon Daniels has plenty to decide over the next few weeks. Luckily for him. teams are interested in Darvish and that’s a good sign.
This season Darvish is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA in 20 starts with 131 strikeouts. The 30-year-old starter has been solid all year-long, but the Rangers haven’t given him much run support. The four-time All-Star may decide to sign elsewhere after the season.
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The good news is the Rangers can at least get something for Darvish before he leaves. Both sides have not reached an agreement on a long-term extension. It’s almost certain Darvish heads to free agency even if the Rangers keep him.
At this point in the season it’s doubtful the Rangers keep Darvish. They could possibly re-sign him in the off-season, but he needs to be traded. This season is heading in the wrong directions and the Rangers must get something for Darvish.
The Cubs seem like the leading candidate to land Darvish right now. The defending champions are looking for another power arm for their starting rotation. There is no doubt that Darvish is the best available pitcher right now.
Having the best pitcher means the Rangers can potentially draw this out until July 31. Jon Daniels can wait and build up the offers until he finds the perfect fit. Unfortunately, Darvish is on a one-year deal and is just a rental for any interested team.
Another positive is that the Cubs are looking for another catcher. Could Jonathan Lucroy be in the mix with Darvish? The Rangers should heavily pursue this deal and they could score some young controllable hitters from the Cubs at the deadline.