San Diego Padres Sign 36-Year Old Starter To Massive Extension

He's thirty-six years old.

That doesn't seem to bother the San Diego Padres, however, as they have signed starter Yu Darvish to a six-year, $108 million extension.

The deal will begin this year and run through his age-42 season in 2028. 

Darvish was scheduled to become a free agent following the 2023 season, but the Padres got ahead of that and locked him up for the foreseeable future.

Darvish is coming off another great season, which saw him post a 3.10 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 197 strikeouts over 194.2 innings and 30 starts. He held a 16-8 record.

He showed up in the playoffs as well, recording a fantastic 2.88 ERA and 23 strikeouts across 25 innings and four starts. 

The right-handed stud is showing no signs of slowing down and the Padres are gambling on that continuing into his 40s.

It's the third different six-year contract of Darvish's MLB career. 
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