Late Sunday evening, ESPN’s MLB insider Jeff Passan reported that the Padres are on the verge of completing their third big-time move over the past 48 hours. Per Passan, the deal is “on the verge of happening” and will involve seven players total.
San Diego would land Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini, a 27-year old switch hitter who hit .241 with a lone home run in 44 games this past season. He’ll add some depth at catcher following the team moving Francisco Mejia in the trade for Blake Snell over the weekend.
In return, the Padres would send pitcher Zach Davies along with four other young prospects. Those players are outfielder Owen Caissie, shortstop Reggie Preciado, outfielder Ismael Mena, and shortstop Yeison Santana.
Davies was arguably the Padres’ best pitcher in 2020 behind Dinelson Lamet. He finished the year with a 7-4 record across 12 starts. His ERA of 2.73 was 10th-best in the majors, but the Friars trading it for Darvish’s fourth-best ERA of 2.01, which was one place better than Lamet’s. Both Darvish and Lamet also recorded exactly 93 strikeouts in 2020, tying them for the seventh-best mark in that category.
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).— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 29, 2020
The Padres are not joking around.— MLB (@MLB) December 29, 2020
San Diego is reportedly acquiring RHP Yu Darvish from the Cubs in a seven-player deal, per https://t.co/Z3s2EpgF39’s Mark Feinsand. pic.twitter.com/dBxMb7OJcw