It would be a good day to have a Padres fan.
The Cubs send Yu Darvish and his favorite catcher Victor Caratini, plus a ‘small portion’ of the $ 59 million left on his contract with San Diego.
In return, the Cubs get a right-handed pitcher Zach Daviesshortcuts, Reginald Preciado and Yeison Santana, outside players Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena.
Davis turns 28 on January 7th. He has hosted six seasons in the MLB, 5 with the Brouers, and the last one with the Padres. Career, he started a 50-36 record and a 3.79 ERA in 123. He had 9.8 bWAR at that time. In 2020, he had a 2.73 ERA in 12 starts, with 63 strikeouts and 19 runs in 69 overs. He is a free agent after this season.
The others who go to the Cubs did not have much professional playing time. Caissie is from Burlington, Ontario. He was a second-round pick in 2020. He’s just 18.
Preciado is just 17. Baseball America had him 23rd in the Padres system in their mid-season update.
Reggie Preciado, Ismael Mena, Yeison Santana and Owen Caissie were the prospects of Padres no. 15, 17, 18 and 20 in the forthcoming BA Prospect Handbook. They went with Zach Davies to the Cubs for Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini, per @sdutKevinAcee and @sdutSanders
– Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) 29 December 2020
They are all far from the majors.
It seems like a slight return for Darvish, but then he’s 34 and he’s owed $ 59 million over the next three years. And he was not exactly the model of consistency or health in his 8-year MLB career (well 9, he missed the whole of 2015 after Tommy John’s surgery). In the eight seasons, he started 30 times 30 times.
2020 went very well for him, 2.01 ERA and 8 wins, finishing 2nd in Cy Young voting.