A slow offseason for the Cubs is picking up steam by the hour.
After reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were scheduled to meet with Yu Darvish on Monday afternoon, the four-time All-Star jumped on Twitter later in the evening to confirm the get-together and discuss how it went:
1.今日は報道にもあったようにカブスの方達とミーティングしてきました。非常にいいミーティングでした。— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) December 19, 2017
And for those who haven't yet mastered Japanese, Beyond the Boxscore's Kazuto Yamakazi has got you covered with the translation:
"As reported, I was in a meeting with people from the Cubs. It went really extremely well. To get used to English, I didn't carry an interpreter."I had some difficulties coming up with words at first, but did well afterwards. The meeting lasted for 3.5 hours."— Kazuto Yamazaki (@Kazuto_Yamazaki) December 19, 2017
The three-plus hour meeting in Dallas may be an indication that the Cubs are willing to spend big on another quality starting pitcher.
Darvish, 31, has a career 3.42 ERA during his five-year MLB career. He led the American League with 277 strikeouts in 2013, but his strikeouts-per-nine-innings numbers have subsequently dropped each season.
After being traded to the Dodgers midseason, he regained some of his swing-and-miss stuff, but was absolutely rocked by the Astros in two World Series starts, giving up eight earned runs in a combined 3.1 innings.
If the Cubs do indeed elect to ink Darvish to a deal, that means Jake Arrieta's brilliant tenure on the North Side is likely over.