Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish (37, San Diego Padres), who is entering his 12th year in the major leagues, expressed his surprise at the team’s offer of a six-year contract extension.
On the 10th (Korean time), the official website of Major League Baseball, ‘MLB.com’, announced the news of Darvish’s contract extension. It is known that the period is 6 years and the total amount is 108 million dollars (approximately 137.2 billion won). He showed steady performance beyond his age, and last year, he recorded 16 wins, 8 losses, 194⅔ innings average ERA of 3.10, 197 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 0.95, reaching his second prime.
A day later, on the 11th, Darvish attended a press conference held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, his home stadium in San Diego, and expressed his feelings about his contract extension.
Darvish said, “Honestly, I never thought of a 6-year contract. Even if I received a good contract, I did not expect it to be this much (6-year long-term contract).” That was my biggest priority, and in that sense, it’s a meaningful contract because I can continue to play baseball in San Diego for six years.”
Last season, of course, Darvish is showing a performance that does not change over time. He is consistently showing off his skills on the mound by digesting the team’s starting rotation. “I don’t know how much better I will do than last year. I want to go where I can do my best. I will pitch with the mindset that every day is my last. I believe in the experience I’ve had so far and throw it, so I think I’m getting more experience every year.” .
San Diego is a ‘winnow’ team that is trying to win the first World Series championship. Last year, they traded superstar Juan Soto (25), and this offseason, they strengthened their strength by signing a free agent (FA) contract with special shortstop Xander Bogatz (31). The extension contract with Darvish is also a similar trend. He showed his will to strengthen the team and rise to the top. 안전놀이터
Darvish was well aware of this. He conveyed his will to help the team in any way. “The club is making a great team. It’s an honor to have put me into that idea. I think I signed this contract with that in mind. I will be a part of winning the championship,” he said with strength.
Finally, Darvish said, “I don’t know how far I can go. I don’t think about the future. I think it’s important to play baseball properly like last year with what I’ve done so far.”