Cubs ace Yu Darvish has been named a finalist for one of baseball’s most prestigious honors.
Darvish, along with the Reds’ Trevor Bauer and the Mets' Jacob deGrom, are finalists for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award.
Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America cast their votes for the AL and NL award, along with MVPs, Managers of the Year and Rookies of the Year, ahead of the postseason.
Darvish picked up where he left off after a stellar 2019 second half. In 12 starts this season, the 34-year-old went 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA (second in NL) and 0.96 WHIP (third). He struck out 93 batters compared to 14 walks in 76 innings, leading NL starters in fWAR (3.0).
Darvish finished ninth in AL voting in his 2012 rookie season and second in 2013. If he wins, his salary will increase by $2 million each of the next three seasons. It will increase by $1 million each of the next three seasons if he finishes between second and fifth.
Bauer finished first in ERA (1.73) and WHIP (0.79) by NL starters, finishing second in strikeouts (100) and third in fWAR (2.5). deGrom, the 2018 and '19 winner, sported a 2.38 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 12 starts, leading NL pitchers with 104 strikeouts. He was second in NL pitcher fWAR (2.6).
Darvish would be the Cubs' sixth Cy Young winner all-time and first since Jake Arrieta in 2015. Winners will be announced on Nov. 11 on MLB Network beginning at 5 p.m. CT.