Major League Baseball trade rumors: Cubs want Yu Darvish

Tampa Bay Rays- Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr

The Texas Rangers have every confidence that they will win each game started by Yu Darvish.

Another thing to note is the lack of available rental starters on the market, with the demand high, Daniels seems unlikely to fall victim to the market, like Avila of Detroit did.

Darvish, 30, has a 3.45 ERA (133 ERA+) with 131 strikeouts in 125 1/3 innings so far this season.

Still, if Cashman can convince Texas to accept a package built around Mateo or even someone like 19-year-old outfielder Estevan Florial and land Darvish in pinstripes in the process, then he would easily cement his reputation as the best GM in baseball. If they can lop off a game or two and leap over a couple of teams, maybe they hold onto Darvish.

If Texas were to start selling off assets, Darvish might be the first one to go. Rebuilding clubs like, say, the San Diego Padres or Philadelphia Phillies are not going to trade top prospects to get him only to potentially lose him to free agency this winter.

The Chicago Cubs landed starting pitcher Jose Quintana just over a week ago in a trade that saw them send four prospects to the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, and Washington Nationals all figure to have serious interest, among others. Trading Darvish and re-signing him as a free agent sounds like a wonderful idea. The Rangers are 4.5 games back in the wild card race.

But whether that deal is with Texas, who brought Darvish to the U.S. from Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2012 - or elsewhere - could be decided in the next week or so. However, Texas have lost five straight, including a sweep to the Baltimore Orioles to drop them to 45-50.

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