For the Cubs to become serious World Series contenders again, it had to be Yu

    Ask Cubs fans how much longer pitcher Jon Lester has left on his contract and almost nobody will know.

    Even fewer will care.

    After Lester helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016, it more than justified the team’s six-year, $155 million deal some critics considered a risky investment when the lefty signed in December 2014.

    Similar concerns will be expressed after the Cubs agreed to terms Saturday with pitcher Yu Darvish on a six-year, $126 million contract. That indeed represents a lot of money for a 31-year-old pitcher who has had Tommy John surgery. But when determining what bold move would make them serious World Series contenders again, the Cubs came to the right conclusion.

    National League. If the Cubs win another title in the next couple of seasons with Darvish’s help, nobody will worry about the length of the contract or the average annual salary — only the size of the parade crowd along Michigan Avenue.

    This is what urgency looks like in professional sports. This is how you sustain success. A Cubs team coming off its third straight National League Championship Series attacked free-agency like a team looking for legitimacy. Chairman Tom Ricketts didn’t approach this like a greedy owner afraid of whether he

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