Yu Darvish is getting traded to the San Diego Padres, and he learned about it the way the rest of us did: on Twitter. Reacting to the news last night, the pitcher tweeted:
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) December 29, 2020
“Information that seems to have confirmed my trade came out from a leading source, but my cell phone does not ring,” this tweet reads, via the Chicago Tribune’s use of Google Translate. “What kind of system is it?”
That tweet was sent at 9:57 pm on Monday. At 9:42 pm, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the deal was on the “verge of happening.” However, the first news the teams were “deep in talks” came from Dennis Lin, Sahadev Sharma, and PJ Mooney of The Athletic at 12:53 pm.
Darvish should’ve found out before the Athletic reporters tweeted about it, and it’s definitely wild that no one from the Cubs bothered to call Darvish or his agent about it in the ensuing nine hours. While few people will feel sorry for Darvish, who is in the midst of a six-year contract worth $126 million, it’s still a pretty crappy way to get treated by your employer.