It was right after last season that the San Diego Padres began considering extending the contract with Darvish Yu (37).
Darvish threw 194⅔ innings in 30 games in the regular season last year, posting a record of 16 wins and 8 losses, an average ERA of 3.10, and 197 strikeouts. Then, he pitched 25 innings in 4 postseason games, recording 2 wins and 1 loss, an average ERA of 2.88, and 23 strikeouts, enjoying his second prime.
MLB.com said on the 11th (hereinafter Korean time), ‘2022 was a renaissance to the extent that Darvish himself called it the most fun season. After Darvish settled comfortably in San Diego, the club first brought up the topic of extending the contract last fall, and he also treated it with an open mind.
The terms of the contract are six years, $108 million, from this year to 2028. Born in August 1986, Darvish’s age ranges from 37 to 42 years old. His annual salary of $18 million this year, the last season of his existing six-year contract, was replaced by this extension contract and rose to $30 million.
Darvish joined the Texas Rangers in 2012 and this year is his 12th season in the big leagues. With a career record of 95 wins and 75 losses, an average ERA of 3.50 and 1,788 strikeouts, he is on the verge of reaching 100 wins and 2,000 strikeouts. If you are healthy, these are records you can achieve this year.
Darvish suffered from injuries twice in the major leagues. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2015 and returned in late May 2016. In 2018, when he signed a six-year, $112.6 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, he only appeared 먹튀검증in eight games due to right arm triceps and elbow injuries. After that, he hit his second heyday by filling the regular innings for four consecutive seasons.
Darvish was on the injured list three times in 2021, when he was traded from the Cubs to San Diego, and struggled with 8-11 and an average ERA of 4.22 in 30 games, but last year, he played full-time without any injuries and settled comfortably as the first starter. It is said that tying Darvish to a long-term contract this offseason was a priority for San Diego.
It is difficult to find a precedent for a pitcher in his late 30s who won a contract for more than 5 years. New York Mets Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander also stayed on 3-year and 2-year contracts as free agents. Another pitcher in his mid-30s, Jacob deGrom, who moved to the Texas Rangers this winter for five years and $185 million, is two years younger than Darvish.
Kevin Brown is the oldest pitcher ever to sign a long-term contract of six years or more. Brown signed a 7-year, $105 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December 1998, from the age of 34 in 1999 to the age of 40 in 2005.
Toronto Blue Jays Ryu Hyun-jin (36), who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, aims to return in the second half of this season. The rehabilitation period for this surgery is 12 to 14 months. Darvish took 14 months.
Verlander returned last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late September 2020 and taking the entire 2021 off, going 18-4 with a 1.75 earned run average and receiving his third Cy Young award of his career. He became a free agent after the season and signed a two-year, $86.66 million contract with the Mets. Verlander also participated normally from spring camp in February last year after 14 months of rehabilitation.
DeGrom spent 13 months on the injured list from July 2021 to early August last year. He suffered consecutive injuries to areas directly necessary for pitching, such as the right arm muscle, elbow, and shoulder stress response. DeGrom returned in early August of last year and pitched 64⅓ innings in 11 games, posting 5 wins and 4 losses, an average ERA of 3.08, and 102 strikeouts, showing off his good health and touching the money he wanted in the free agent market.
Darvish, Verlander and deGrom all returned to health after surgeries and serious injuries to hit the free agency jackpot in their mid-to-late 30s. It means a lot to Ryu Hyun-jin.
Sports Illustrated (SI) said on this day, ‘It is not known what form Ryu Hyun-jin will return. Verlander returned from Tommy John surgery and won the Cy Young Award at the age of 39, while Chris Sale and James Paxton failed to show any pitching after the surgery.” It is to show health by taking a seat.”
As for the ideal prospect of SI, there is no law saying that Ryu Hyun-jin should not be treated with regret even if he is not as good as Darvish in the free agent market at the end of this year.