For the second-straight night, the San Diego Padres are adding a top-level starting pitcher without giving up their top prospect.
Just a day after acquiring Blake Snell from Tampa Bay, the Padres have reached a deal with the Chicago Cubs to acquire pitcher Yu Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini for a haul of players. That haul includes pitcher Zach Davies and four prospects in the deal per reports.
The Yu Darvish-to-the-Padres deal is on the verge of happening, sources tell ESPN. Darvish is expected to go with Victor Caratini to SD. Cubs' return is Zach Davies and four young prospects: OF Owen Caissie (18), SS Reggie Preciado (17), OF Ismael Mena (18), Yeison Santana (20).
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The Cubs did not receive one of the Padres Top 10 prospects in the deal as the highest-rated prospect is 17-year-old shortstop Reginald Preciado who is rated No. 11 in their system. 18-year-old outfielder Owen Caissie is ranked No. 13 in their system as well.
While Darvish was the runner up in the NL Cy Young voting last season, this is clearly a salary dump for the upcoming season and signals a new rebuild for the Cubs.