Free agent right-hander Yu Darvish confirmed that he met with Chicago Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in Dallas on Monday.
Darvish tweeted a statement in Japanese, writing that he had a “very good meeting” and that he was “very tired” after practicing his English during the meeting. The 31-year-old did not bring a translator as he continues to work hard to sharpen his English.
“I wanted to put myself in a more challenging stage regarding my English,” he wrote, adding that he “will work hard again tomorrow speaking English.”
The Cubs have already added free-agent starter Tyler Chatwood and relievers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek to their pitching staff this offseason. Chatwood joined a rotation that already included Jon Lester, Kyle Kendricks and Jose Quintana.
The team has also been in touch with representatives for other free-agent pitchers including Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn, according to MLB.com. Arrieta went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in 30 starts last season, but is considered a longshot to return to the Cubs due to the salary he is believed to be seeking.
Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 combined starts between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He is also reportedly drawing strong interest from the Rangers and the Minnesota Twins.