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Epstein and Hoyer met with free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish on Monday

DALLAS  — The Chicago Cubs are making a pitch for Yu Darvish.

The free agent right-hander says he had a “very good meeting” Monday with Cubs officials. Darvish tweeted a statement in Japanese confirming the get-together amid reports that Chicago executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Dallas to speak with him.

Darvish is one of the top starting pitchers available this offseason, and the Cubs have been busy filling holes on their staff. The NL Central champions already have signed free agent starter Tyler Chatwood and relievers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek.

Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA last season for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. The four-time All-Star pitched well in a pair of playoff starts but was hit hard by Houston in the World Series, losing both his outings as the Dodgers were beaten in seven games.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Yu Darvish #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after being relieved during the second inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775063336

Darvish also used the meeting to sharpen his English. The 31-year-old says he did not bring a translator because “I wanted to put myself in a more challenging stage regarding my English.”

The 3 1/2-hour sit-down left Darvish “very tired,” but he says he “will work hard again tomorrow speaking English.”