Sport MLB free agent rumors: Yu Darvish reportedly tops Twins offseason wish list

22:56  14 november  2017
22:56  14 november  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Cubs Should Avoid This Free Agent at All Costs

  Cubs Should Avoid This Free Agent at All Costs ​The Chicago Cubs are likely to lose two-fifths of their starting rotation, as Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents and are unlikely to be retained by the team. So, whether it be via trade or free agency, the Cubs will have to be active in trying to replace those two veterans adequately.There's one free agent arm that from a talent standpoint is at the level of Arrieta, and that would be Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish. While the Cubs could seemingly add Darvish and fill one of their holes in the rotation, they should stay clear from the 31-year-old.

Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions. 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Former Rangers ace and soon-to-be free agent Yu Darvish is not atop their offseason wish list , Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram reports.

Darvish struggled during the World Series, but he is still a hot commodity heading into the offseason .

a man in a baseball uniform throwing a ball: Yu Darvish© (Getty Images) Yu Darvish

The Twins snagged the American League's final wild-card spot last season, despite selling some assets before the July 31 trade deadline.

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It appears the Twins could now become buyers this offseason as they have already been linked with a number of pitchers this offseason in an attempt to make it deeper into the playoffs next year.

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Minnesota is interested in a number of pitchers, with free agent Yu Darvish topping its list.

Darvish went 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 186 2/3 innings pitched with the Rangers and Dodgers last season. Darvish pitched well early in the postseason but was torched in both his World Series starts, allowing a combined eight earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings pitched.

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  MLB trade rumors 2017: Chris Archer, Gerrit Cole headline starting pitchers who could be dealt So, your team needs rotation help this offseason. That could be a challenge. There are a few big-name free-agent starters out there, Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, who are going to make lots of money. There are a couple of reliable starters with a full season under their belts after Tommy John surgery, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. After that, though? MORE: Where the top 20 MLB free agents might end upYou get into question marks, because inconsistency or age or other reasons make a three- or four-year deal seem risky. Tyler Chatwood, Andrew Cashner, Jason Vargas, CC Sabathia, Jhoulys Chacin, R.A.

This year’s top free agent candidate that would fit would be Yu Darvish , but he could be financially out of the Minnesota Twins ’ reach. Much like Darvish returning to health in 2017, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn were both returning to the mound after being off the mound due to injury

Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions. 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Tracker. Former Rangers ace and soon-to-be free agent Yu Darvish is not atop their offseason wish list , Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram reports.

The Twins, in need of both starting pitching and bullpen help, could be busy this offseason. A cast of promising young talents leads their lineup, but the Twins are in need of a few more arms to team with Ervin Santana.

The report also mentioned Jake Arrieta and Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn as possible targets.

Minnesota has also reportedly shown interest in Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, who managed 28 saves with 92 strikeouts and a 2.49 ERA in just 76 innings last season on a bad Reds team.

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9/2: Los Angeles Dodgers: <p>The Dodgers came up just short in the World Series this year, but they'll be loaded again next season. It will be interesting to see what they do with free agent Yu Darvish, but regardless, the team has the resources and farm system to improve this offseason. Potentially joining a core that includes Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner is top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo and top pitching prospect Walker Buehler.</p> Way-too-early odds to win the 2018 World Series

REPORT: JD Martinez Looking for Absurd Amount of Money in Free Agency .
Heading into the MLB offseason, slugger J.D. Martinez is one of the most sought-after free agent talents and for good reason.&nbsp;Martinez had a career year, finishing the season with 45 home runs and 104 RBI. And if it weren't for injuries, those numbers would have been even higher.

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