CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A person with direct knowledge of the discussions says the Chicago Cubs are having active talks with free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish.
The 31-year-old Darvish is one of the top remaining players available in a slow-moving market this winter. He finished last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping them reach the World Series.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because there was no agreement in place. The Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees also have expressed interest in signing the Japanese pitcher.
Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts for the Rangers and Dodgers last year. The right-hander went 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA in four postseason starts, including a victory over the Cubs in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field.
The talks with Darvish come amid reports the Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with Chris Gimenez, who regularly caught Darvish while they were in Texas and developed a trusted working relationship with the pitcher.