Why would the Dodgers reunite with Yu Darvish? And why would the Cubs let it happen? No need to speculate here.
Dodgers fans are riding high on their own supply right now, finally embracing what it feels like to be the undisputed champions of baseball after so many years of getting oh so close.
Naturally, the next step in the process has arrived: “Sure, we’re good, but you know how we could get better? All-Star at every position, boom.”
We’re not sure why we’ve seen the conversation turn to asking the Cubs about a potential Yu Darvish deal in recent days, but it feels like we need to step in at this point just to remind everyone that this isn’t happening. Why would either side seriously explore this?
For starters, we’re talking about a prohibitive cost for a luxury addition. Though you may have forgotten about him since he wasn’t a part of the World Series-winning rotation, David Price will be rejoining the Dodgers next year. That means Price, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and Tony Gonsolin will comprise the rotation, with Dustin May, Josiah Gray and other top prospects lurking behind.
That’s a significant amount of depth, and Price alone will lower the burden on Gonsolin in a potential 2021 postseason. Why surrender significant prospect capital and agree to pay about $60 million for Darvish, entering his age-33 season, just to relieve a financial burden on the Cubs and squeeze someone like Urias out of a rotation spot? He clearly proved he deserved a chance based on his postseason performance. There’s a ready-made solution here, one that doesn’t cost a fortune and doesn’t come with a history marked exclusively by postseason failure in Los Angeles.
Oh, and there’s the other side of the coin: Why would the Cubs even want to surrender Darvish, pending a complete and total teardown? As a “sell high” move, it would still all but torpedo their chances in 2021, one of the final seasons with their supposed core intact.
This feels like a no go for both parties, and an expensive folly for the Dodgers to even consider, one which throws their current rotation into flux.
But other than that, seems like a winner.