Cubs land Yu Darvish, cement World Series contender status

Yu Darvish finally has a new home, and he’s going to be able to afford a big one. Darvish is joining the Cubs on a six-year, $126 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Saturday. Incentives could help Darvish reach $150 million in total earnings. It’s the biggest

Union considering opening up camp for unsigned free agents

TAMPA — Pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training sites around the majors next week, but the dozens of free agents who remain unsigned in this bizarre offseason have nowhere to go. That could change, as sources confirmed on Wednesday night that the players association is

The veteran trade that would solve a lot of Yankees’ issues

No roster can be made bulletproof — after all, the long season will expose every weakness and create new ones via injury and/or under-performance. That does not deter clubs from trying to address vulnerable areas. The Yankees know they might be good enough to line up with what they

A guide for MLB free agents to thaw out the spending freeze

Major League Baseball, land of (relative) opportunity and parity, should be thankful The Post has to reach for an NBA analogy to aptly describe this current Hot Stove league: The owners are the Warriors of recent vintage, and the players are everyone else. Good grief, what a nuclear winter for

Yu Darvish: Yes, the Yankees are on my short list

The Yankees came out of nowhere to acquire Giancarlo Stanton after he put them on his short list. And now they have landed on another star’s short list. Free agent Yu Darvish personally confirmed a Fort-Worth Star Telegram report on Twitter that he had five teams — the Yankees,

Yankees and Yu Darvish want each other, but it’s complicated

Yu Darvish is interested in the Yankees, and the Yankees are interested in Darvish, but there remain significant hurdles blocking the free-agent right-hander from landing in The Bronx. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has checked in with Darvish’s agent, Joel Wolfe, but no offer has been made, according to

A history lesson on why Yankees might pass on big arm addition

Given that Giancarlo Stanton was a Miami Marlin just one month ago, this might not be the optimal time to argue the Yankees of recent vintage often go quiet when we expect them to go big. Nevertheless, history speaks for itself. And for all of the chatter about the

The dominoes Yankees need to fall to make Yu Darvish splash

Ancient, recent past and current history has taught us one thing when it comes to the Yankees: Never use the word never. Babe Ruth. Roger Clemens. Alex Rodriguez. Giancarlo Stanton. None of them were ever going to be Yankees, and all eventually were. “I still can’t believe it,’’ Dellin Betances said

Predicting the next shock in MLB’s offseason of them

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The offseason officially began at 11:58 p.m. Nov. 1, when Jose Altuve flipped to Yuli Gurriel to retire Corey Seager and unleash a celebration of the Astros’ first World Series title. But forget official. The offseason really could not begin until the issues surrounding

Explaining Eric Hosmer to the Red Sox and 29 other free-agent decisions

Free agency is upon us, and I’d be surprised if we got through next week’s general managers’ and owners’ meetings without some significant signings. After what transpired last January — a spending cold front that left myriad veterans settling for far less than they hoped to get —

How small-market experience helped Dodgers build a juggernaut

LOS ANGELES — These Dodgers are ginormous-market. The $220 million payroll, tops in baseball, makes that clear. There is a small-market philosophy, though, hidden inside the biggest of markets. For that they will be rewarded by playing in the World Series on Tuesday for the first time in 29 years. Money doesn’t

Darvish dominates as Dodgers grab 3-0 series lead on Cubs

CHICAGO — An endless loop of the fight song, “Go Cubs, go” and healthy dose of prayer might be the only chance remaining for the defending World Series champions. For the first two games of this NLCS it was the Dodgers’ bullpen that put a beatdown on the Cubs. Tuesday night

Yasiel Puig powers Dodgers to commanding series lead

Yasiel Puig’s bloop single didn’t even drive in a run. He still flipped his bat , sprinted to first and triumphantly pointed back at his dugout, where the cheering Dodgers pointed right back while the crowd chanted his name. Some of baseball’s norms just don’t apply to the exuberant Puig. Or

Getting to the bottom of an impossible-to-believe catch

In the 1946 cinematic masterpiece, “Baseball Bugs” — a tale of the downtrodden rescued and redeemed — the Gashouse Gorillas are destroying the Tea Totallers. It is a mismatch of biblical measure and deliverance, as the uncouth, unruly and unshaven Gashouse brutes score run after run — one inning forming

Baseball’s middle class shrinking and there’s no relief in sight

CLEVELAND — Jay Bruce: Affable slugger. Durable veteran. Face of a class struggle. Bruce, a free-agent-to-be, remains a Met, a team looking to the future, because, quite simply, the Mets shopped him around twice — last offseason and in the run-up to the July 31 non-waivers trade deadline — and discovered minimal

This wasn’t the Yu Darvish that Terry Collins hoped to avoid

Yu Darvish certainly knows how to make a first impression. The Dodgers already had the best record in baseball when they acquired the right-hander from the Rangers at the trade deadline. If his debut is any indication, the Dodgers’ rotation just got far more formidable. Darvish stymied the Mets in a 6-0

Where everyone landed in MLB trade deadline that exploded late

As the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline grew closer Monday, baseball’s championship contenders pushed their final chess pieces into position. In the preceding days, the Rockies made a move for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the Royals for Melky Cabrera, and the Yankees for Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and Jaime Garcia. Entering the

Yankees, Dodgers big winners at deadline, but who are the losers?

The rest of the major leagues should be afraid — very afraid. After multiple collective bargaining agreements designed to try to neutralize mega-teams such as the Yankees and Dodgers, those clubs are now more frightening than ever. That is because they added the most important capital (high-level smarts) on top of just

Five challenges to big deals as MLB trade deadline closes in

Baseball is played over 162 games and six months and the long view — think patience, patience, patience — is almost always the best policy. Almost. As the clock ticks toward the Monday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, time is no longer on any buyer‘s or seller’s side. The micro bumps the

Ronald Torreyes the hero as Yankees walk off in 10th

Manager Joe Girardi said before Friday’s game that he thought his young Yankees were ready to rebound after their worst stretch of the season. Many hours later, they proved him right — thanks to Ronald Torreyes and Masahiro Tanaka. On the verge of losing for the ninth time in 10 games, the

Inside the millions at stake on baseball’s pitching mysteries

Johnny Cueto and Masahiro Tanaka are hurting the coming free-agent starting-pitching market. They have pitched poorly enough that they may not opt out of their contracts or – if they do make themselves free agents – would have teams wondering about their skills. Not long ago, this looked like a strong

How Mets’ 25th man changed the entire script

ARLINGTON, Texas — The script was set, with the Mets bullpen blowing another lead and the scent of a rancid loss in the Texas air. But the Mets kept playing Wednesday night and turned disappointment into something to savor. That included Matt Reynolds’ hustle — the seldom-used infielder kept running from

Matt Reynolds’ hustle play gives Mets much-needed win

ARLINGTON, Texas — The script was set, with the Mets bullpen blowing another lead and the scent of a rancid loss in the Texas air. But the Mets kept playing Wednesday night and turned disappointment into something to savor. That included Matt Reynolds’ hustle — the seldom-used infielder kept running from