I predicted retirement after the 2023 season. He was 37 years old, which was no small age. But his team thought differently.
Local media in the United States reported on the 10th (Korean time) that “San Diego Padres and Darvish Yu (37) have signed an extension contract until 2028.”
No official announcement has been made yet. However, the explanation is that the total amount of the 6-year contract reaches 108 million dollars (approximately 136 billion won).
Darvish was scheduled to become a free agent after this season. Excluding this year’s annual salary ($18 million), a five-year contract was added under the same conditions. Darvish, born in 1986, turns 42 in the final year of his contract.
Darvish made his debut with the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and conquered the Japanese stage with a phenomenal record of 93 wins and an average ERA of 1.99 over 7 years. He stepped on the American stage by joining the Texas Rangers in 2012, then passed through the LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, and is currently playing in San Diego. On the American stage, he recorded 95 wins and 75 losses and an average ERA of 3.50 over 11 years.
The club’s trust in Darvish is impressive. In addition to being born with the heart of an ace, he is famous as a player with excellent self-management and a good attitude to immerse himself in baseball, such as regaining his mentality that collapsed during the Houston Astros’ ‘sign stealing’.
Five seasons with double-digit multipliers. In particular, he digested 194⅔innings last year and showed off his health despite his age, with an average ERA of 3.10 with 16 wins and 8 losses. 슬롯사이트 This is the most wins since 2012 (16 wins and 9 losses).
Darvish said in an interview with Japan’s Sports Nippon in 2019, “I will retire when this contract ends. I will never play baseball. I have to enjoy the remaining 40 to 50 years of my life. I don’t have much time.” However, the club’s trust and their own passion for baseball were greater than expected at the time.
Darvish will also play as the ace of the Japanese national team in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March. Unlike the other four Japanese major leaguers, he will join from the first day of training for the national team.