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Law: Darvish will be a solid No. 2 behind Kershaw

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Which Darvish shows up for the Dodgers? (1:33)

Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian discuss the good and bad in Yu Darvish's performances that he'll bring to the mound for the Dodgers. (1:33)

The Los Angeles Dodgers managed to acquire a new No. 2 starter without giving up any of their top five prospects, adding rental player Yu Darvish to help them now and in October. The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, did what they could to get more than the second-round draft pick they would have received had Darvish left as a free agent.

The righter-hander is still an above-average starter, even if he hasn't pitched like an ace this year, in his second season back after he missed 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. He has been throwing his cutter more often, but he still uses his above-average fastball and plus slider heavily, with a sort of kitchen-sink approach that works when his command is there -- or, if you believe the stories from his latest start, when he isn't tipping his pitches.