Yu Darvish says report that he's signing with the Cubs is 'fake news'

Is Yu Darvish going to the Cubs? That’s “fake news,” he says. (AP)

‘Tis the season for outlandish MLB free-agent and trade rumors. When a reliable reporter with a familiar name says a deal is happening, there’s often a reason for fans to get excited. But this time of year — especially on Twitter — it isn’t uncommon for Hot Stove rumors to circulate via reporters you’ve probably never heard of.

Enter a guy who calls himself Barstool Carl — a podcaster and blogger for Barstool Sports — who reported Thursday that top free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish signing with the Cubs is a “done deal.” He hashtagged it with “#scoopycity.”

Except Darvish himself retweeted it and called it “Fake news.”

This is one of those times where you probably have to ask yourself — who do you trust more for Yu Darvish news, Darvish himself or a guy named Barstool Carl?

That’s not to say that Darvish won’t eventually end up with the Cubs. He very well could. It’s a good match. They need pitching and they have money. Darvish is a good pitcher and he’s expensive.

But it doesn’t sound like it is, in fact, a “done deal.”

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Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!