We interrupt all of this Winter Olympics talk to remind you that pitchers and catchers report for spring training tomorrow.
Which is why—even as we speak—Yu Darvish is packing his bags for Mesa, Arizona.
Because that is where his new team, the Cubs, play.
Chicago signed Darvish to a six-year deal worth around $126-million yesterday, with a chance to reach $150-million due to incentives.
The 31-year-old Darvish is coming off a less than stellar 2017 season that saw him post a 10-12 record playing for both the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Of course Dodgers fans would probably trim that three word phrase into a four letter word considering how he imploded during this year’s World Series—the basic reason he Dodgers acquired him last season when he basically threw batting practice to Astros in Game 3.
Still, this is the MLB and that didn’t keep several teams with deep pockets and championship aspirations from pursuing him, however.
Now, pending a physical, he’ll help the Cubs in their quest to get back to the World Series for the second time in three years during the 2018 season and beyond.
And the Astros are already rooting for the Cubs.