Though Darvish now sports an unsavory 6-9 record with a 4.01 ERA after allowing 10 earned runs to the Marlins Wednesday night, he would still be a big coup for any contending team.
"I tell Gerry I have no problem, but I didn't want to get hit".
"Yesterday, the day before the game, of course I thought about [the trade rumors] a little bit", said Darvish, who saw his ERA rise to 4.01. With Clayton Kershaw (back) facing a lengthy absence, the Dodgers are sure to add an arm at the deadline and Darvish may very well be their preferred target.
Jeremy Jeffress took over and promptly surrendered a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto to make it a nine-run inning for the Marlins, which ties the Rangers' season-high for runs allowed in an inning.
Yu Darvish is one of the most complicated potential trade options on the open market. In his lone start against the Marlins, Darvish tossed his only career shutout and first complete game in 2014.
Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich started the Marlins' offensive assault in the first inning with each hitting solo homers.
Ozuna started the fourth with a double and later tripled with the bases loaded to become the first Marlin to ever do that in one inning. The 18 runs the Rangers had allowed through eight innings are still the most they've given up this season and the most since the Yankees scored 21 on July 28, 2015. He also doubled in the seventh.
Anthony Rizzo had three hits and four RBIs, helping the Cubs improve to 10-2 since the All-Star break. He has a 5.38 ERA in 12 home starts this season, compared to a 2.49 ERA in 10 road starts.
In Philadelphia, Aaron Nola (8-6) struck out a career-high 10 over six innings, allowing four hits.
In Los Angeles, Justin Turner hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth off All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler (2-2) as Los Angeles rallied from a 5-0 fourth-inning deficit to win their fifth straight and improve the major leagues' best record to 71-31.