I think we’ve covered this topic enough by now that you’ll be okay if I just dispense with the pleasantries and get right to the matter at hand. While other teams are still very much in the mix, a majority of the Yu Darvish talk these past few days has centered around the Twins and Cubs. The updated World Series odds reflect that, too.
Unlike a Japanese report that said the pitcher was going to decide by Christmas, Darvish hasn’t shot Jon Morosi’s report that he was “increasingly likely” to make a decision this week. If that had you on edge, I’m reasonably sure this next tidbit isn’t going to act as a sedative.
According to a tweet from Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minneapolis, the Twins are not aware of any specific date for a decision but have been told they are still in the race. Then he adds this kicker: “Cubs will be tough to top.”
Twins official doesn't know the day. Just told they are still in it. Cubs will be tough to top.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) January 25, 2018
Could that last bit could be in reference a contract offer (the Twins are reportedly unwilling to go to $150 million) or just overall appeal (some believe Minnesota is a tough sell for free agents)? In all likelihood, it’s both. The Twins are a young team on the come, but the Cubs are looking for a fourth straight NLCS and boast a top-notch atmosphere that may now include Darvish’s favorite catcher.
Then again, maybe this is all just a distraction from the Cubs’ true goal of bringing Matt Garza back.