As if the Los Angeles Dodgers needed anything else to prove they are World Series favorites, the team has reportedly acquired ace starter Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers. It’s a trade that was reportedly agreed to right before the non-waiver deadline Monday afternoon.
Source: Yu Darvish traded to Dodgers.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) July 31, 2017
This is an absolutely huge deal for a Dodgers team that entered Monday’s action with a MLB-best 74-31 record and has won 33 of its past 38 games.
Darvish has pitched to a 6-9 record with a 4.01 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 3.98 FIP in 22 starts this season.
It also comes as a pretty big shock, especially considering Darvish himself sent out a cryptic tweet minutes before the deadline indicating that he was still a member of the Rangers.
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) July 31, 2017
The veteran is set to become a free agent following the 2017 season, so this could very well be a rental for the Dodgers.
As it relates to who is heading to Texas in the deal, that has not yet been confirmed. Updates will surely follow.