When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard.
"The Cubs really stood out, and everyone was sincere at the meeting," Darvish said Tuesday through a translator after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract.
The agreement is by far the largest deal in a slow-moving free agent market, topping outfielder Lorenzo Cain's $80 million, five-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave outfielder Justin Upton a $106 million, five-year contract in November before he could become a free agent.
Darvish gets $25 million this year,...