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Reds reportedly agree to deal with Cubs target Shogo Akiyama

Reds reportedly agree to deal with Cubs target Shogo Akiyama

The Cincinnati Reds have already had an active offseason, but it appears they are still adding players. The Reds reportedly have a deal with Japanese center fielder Shogo Akiyama.

After rumors of the Reds being the leaders on Akiyama, the deal is agreed upon, according to MLB Network’s Joel Sherman.


The 31-year-old is obviously unproven as an MLB player, but has hit over .300 with an on-base percentage above .390 and 20 or more home runs in each of the past three seasons in Japan.

During the Winter Meetings, general manager Jed Hoyer admitted the Cubs had discussions with Akiyama. He could have filled two needs, center field and leadoff hitter.

Instead of the Cubs getting an upgrade at a position of need, he goes to a division rival that appears to be on the rise.

The three-year deal is a major commitment to an unproven commodity in his 30s, which may have scared off the Cubs. As with any free agent rumors involving the Cubs this offseason, it’s necessary to mention the team’s apparent desire to cut payroll to get under the luxury tax. Until they do so, it’s likely a factor on how the Cubs approach negotiations with free agents.

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Here are the top trades in Cubs franchise history

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Here are the top trades in Cubs franchise history

With the MLB season suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19, the 2020 schedule could be tightened or even shortened. Which got me thinking...

How will the July 31 trade deadline be affected?

If the season starts in May or June, does the regular season go deeper than September? Whether it does or doesn't, does the deadline get pushed back to whatever the midpoint of the season is? Does MLB get rid of the deadline in 2020 altogether?

I'm just thinking out loud here. Then, I went down a rabbit hole and starting thinking of the top trades the Cubs have made in their history.

From Kiki to Fergie to Arrieta, here are the top deals the Cubs have made all-time.

Top trades in Cubs franchise history

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Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish is the Cubs' ace, a social media wiz and fan favorite. After a disastrous debut season in Chicago, he put together an impressive 2019 second half that has people bullish on his 2020 prospects — whenever the season may comemence.

Here's a couple notes you may not have known about the veteran right-hander:

1. Darvish pitched for Japan in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Big league players don’t participate in the quadrennial event because it occurs in the thick of the MLB season. Darvish was able to compete because he was still pitching in Japan’s NPB league.

2. Darvish’s father, Farsad, is Iranian, and his mother, Ikuyo, is Japanese. They met at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Farsad played soccer. Farsad encouraged him to play soccer, but Yu preferred baseball.

3. In 2007, Darvish established the “Darvish Yu Water Fund” in collaboration with the Japan Water Forum. The project’s mission is to provide clean water to developing countries.

4. In 2012, Darvish was named the GQ Man of the Year in Japan. The magazine also billed him as the “Elvis of Japan” in 2010. 

Ace, humanitarian and GQ cover model. What's not to like about this guy?

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