The San Diego Padres are about to close their second trade for a star pitcher in as many days. According to sources familiar with the deal, the team is expected to take over Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs.
Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini, who became the legal trader’s personal catcher in Chicago, will head to San Diego after the deal is closed.
In return, the Cubs are ready to win the right-hander Zach Davies and four young prospects: the outfielder Owen Caissie (18) and Ismael Mena (18) as well as the shortstops Reggie Preciado (17) and Yeison Santana (20).
Darvish, 34, is in the midst of a six-year $ 126 million deal that he signed with the Cubs ahead of the 2018 season. After incapacitating him that year with an elbow injury, he began to unfold in 2019, resulting in a stellar campaign for 2020. He put together a 2.01 ERA and a 0.96 whip in 76 innings and finished second in the NL Cy Young Award pick for Trevor Bauer.
Sources told ESPN on Sunday that the Padres are also signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for former Cy Young winner Blake Snell.
As with Darvish, this deal was not officially announced. But once they are, the two star pitchers will join Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack to form an impressive rotation in San Diego. Righty Mike Clevinger is also on the team but will miss the 2021 season after surgery on Tommy John.
For the Cubs, the Darvian trade begins with a reset under the new president of baseball operations, Jed Hoyer. This reset includes a wage cut as Darvish owes $ 59 million over the next three seasons.
The team, which was not already advertised, left field player Kyle Schwarber, which also saved money.