Brewers still in the running for Darvish
Milwaukee, W.I. ~ After the trade for Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich and the acquisition of Kansas City Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain, don’t think that the Milwaukee Brewers are finished this off-season.
Despite multiple reports that star pitcher Yu Darvish wants to stay with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he finished his 2017 season, there are still several rumors concerning Darvish joining the Brewers.
According to Fanrag Sport’s Robert Murray the Brewers are still very much in the mix of things. In the same report Murray stated that Milwaukee has been one of the most aggressive teams in hopes of signing Darvish.
The 31 year-old starting pitcher posted a 3.86 ERA with 209 strikeouts and 58 walks while splitting time with the Texas Rangers and the Dodgers in 2017. Darvish would provide front-of-the-rotation and veteran help to the starting unit. He would also make the rotation 100 percent ready, joining Zach Davies and Chase Anderson to start the season, with Jimmy Nelson returning in May or June.
Darvish, an All-Star, has pushed his options down to his former team, the Texas Rangers, the Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, the Minnesota Twins, and the Brewers. Darvish still has a house in the Dallas area from his time with the Rangers, and has been linked to the Cubs since the beginning of the off season.
Even with the Brewers payroll close to $90 million due to the additions of Yelich and Cain, owner Mark Attanasio stated on Sunday at Brewers On Deck that him and the club would be willing to pay for a starting pitcher to have a more complete team on Opening Day.
There is no confirmation, however, that says that Darvish is really eyeing the Brewers. He could be using Milwaukee to strike up other teams, and possibly raise his price tag.
By Jacob Szczap