Darvish Yu (37, San Diego), who was once speculated that he would consider retiring at the end of the 2023 season, plays in the major leagues until his 40s. He ended the controversy by signing an extended contract with San Diego.
Mark Feinsand of Major League Baseball’s official website (MLB.com) reported on the 10th (Korean time) that “San Diego and Darvish have joined a contract extension until 2028.” Although an official announcement has not yet been made, the contract is known to be worth 108 million dollars (approximately 136 billion won) over six years.
Darvish’s annual salary this year was $18 million, so he agreed to an extension contract under the condition of receiving an additional $90 million for the remaining five years. In 2028, when this contract ends, Darvish will be 42 years old. He’s not a huge deal financially, but considering his age, it’s a pretty generous deal.
In particular, it is rare to see that he signed a contract extension of more than 5 years that guarantees players in their mid and late 30s to their 40s. This is because clubs avoid players who are usually in their late 30s because they have a high possibility of deteriorating their skills. It shows how much confidence San Diego has in Darvish’s skills.
Darvish, who was the best pitcher in Japanese professional baseball, advanced to the major leagues in 2012 and made a name for himself as an all-star pitcher and strikeout machine representing the league. He went 95-75 with a 3.50 earned run average in 242 career starts with the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and San Diego. Darvish, in his mid-30s, is still showing off his powerful pitch, striking out a total of 1788 in 1488 innings. 토토사이트
Although he is quite old, his sincere self-management stands out, and he underwent surgery on his elbow problem only after entering the major leagues.
San Diego’s starting rotation is a problem, and there is a possibility that Darvish will leave at the end of this season. In this respect, it can be interpreted that Darvish, the right-handed ace, chose to catch it before going to the FA market.