Everything You Need to Know About the New Cubs Roster

Egan Smith, Reporter

A new addition has been made to the Chicago Cubs roster. Right-Handed Pitcher Yu Darvish signed a 6 year $126 million guaranteed contract on Tuesday. The deal included $24 million in incentives and he will earn $25 million in 2018. Darvish boasted 209 strikeouts in 2017 is well-known for his nasty slider and will make a healthy addition to the roster.

The Chicago Cubs who recently won their first World Series in over 100 years in 2016. After the accomplished feat, the Cubs appeared to be stepping into the rebuilding process of their team. After 2016 the Cubs didn’t sign back Aroldis Chapman and Dexter Fowler to their roster. However, with the development of many young stars such as Ian Happ, Javier Baez, Tommy La Stella and Albert Almora the Cubs were able to make the Conference Championship game in 2017.

Cubs General Manager Theo Epstein has certainly taken advantage of the free-agent market this year with new signings Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood, a former Rockies starter, dealt with Coors Field last season and his stats seem to show that. Chatwood held an 8-15 record and a 4.69 ERA. Because of the elevation in Colorado, the ball travels 9% further, a change in home fields is just what Chatwood needs for success. Along with the mid-season trade for southpaw Jose Quintana, the Cubs rotation contains many experienced pitchers.

Some roster changes this off-season haven’t been so fortunate for the pitching rotation. With the loss of Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, the Cubs are down two starting pitchers. Arrieta who has thrown 2 no-nos has still yet to sign with a team for the 2018 season. The Cubs have renovated their team this year to go out with the old and in with the new.