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The Cubs have reportedly signed Carlos Villanueva to an undisclosed deal. Barring some unexpected turn of events (like Bob Nightengale involving the Nippon Ham Fighters in some insane bidding war), this appears to be final. What does it mean for the Cubs?
I'm not sure what the contract is, but almost certainly it means that the Cubs are going give him a great chance to start for them, and it's probably 1-year or 1-year with a team option.
Villanueva has a marked difference in peripherals from starting and relieving. His OPS during starts is .804 (that's bad) and during relief stints it's .677 (that's good). I'm not really that jazzed at first glance with his stuff: he doesn't through over 89mph and doesn't change speeds that well (changeup is 81 mph, though he does throw a curveball 10% of the time). He's got the pitch arsenal of a starter, but has never really put it together for one reason or another. His FIP last year was 4.71, though the 2.65 K/BB rate is pretty encouraging. He was also either very unlucky against the longball last year, or we are all going to suffer through it in 2013. I'm willing to believe it's the latter, unfortunately, as his career HR/9 is 1.31.
If I were a betting man, I'd say this is a one year deal for around $4.5 million, with an option year at $6 or so. That seems reasonable to me for a starter flier, and probably about as much as he could reasonably expect coming off of a decidedly average year. Any less, and I'll be happy. Any more, and I'd be disappointed, but not extremely so.
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The Chicago Cubs have signed Carlos Villanueva to a two-year, $10mm deal, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Villanueva spent the last two seasons in Toronto posting a combined 4.11 ERA, while splitting time in the rotation and the bullpen.
Last season in 38 games (16 starts) Villanueva went 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA with a 8.8 K/9.
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Dave Cameron wrote a bit about the Cubs signing of Edwin Jackson. Here's part of it.
But we should note that Edwin Jackson makes them better, and this price for Edwin Jackson is still completely reasonable based on his established performance level. That the Cubs aren’t yet obvious contenders shouldn’t cause us to tell them to stop trying to improve. By bringing in Jackson...
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A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Edwin Jackson.
The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Several outlets had previously reported the agreement.
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Just when you think the Toronto Blue Jays were done with their reeling and dealing they surprise their fans again.
After weeks of speculation, the Jays acquired this year’s National League Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey last night. If this doesn’t convince you that the Blue Jays are trying to get into the postseason since 1993, then I don’t know what will.
I’ve wrote countless...
Edwin Jackson has chosen to sign with the Chicago Cubs. Four-years and $52 million are pretty good reasons. Multiple teams had interst in the 29-year-old but yesterday the bidding was between the Cubs and Texas Rangers.
In Chicago, Jackson will join a staff that includes Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Scott Feldman and Travis Wood. The team also has Scott Baker who should return in...
R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young Award and 20 wins don’t count as highlights as far as the official Mets 2012 Highlights video is concerned. That is how Andy Martino of the Daily News puts it
In a video posted this week on the Mets official website, and emailed to fans, the team sent along holiday wishes, and presented a brief montage of highlights from the 2012 season.
It was all...
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When's the last time you heard this? The Toronto Blue Jays are World Series favorites.
Blue Jays 15-2
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Patience is a virtue. That certainly applies to the patience of Mets GM, Sandy Alderson, who once again proved his critics wrong this weekend when he secured a windfall of popular prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner, RA Dickey, and his personal catchers, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. In doing so, Alderson waited out both the starting...
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I think George Carlin said it best:
“I’ve never ****** a 10, but one night I ****** 5 twos”
Which, you know, might be the perfect way to describe the Cubs 2013 rotation. The Cubs have handed out contracts to Edwin Jackson (4yrs, 52MM) and Carlos Villanueva (2yrs, 10MM), rounding out a rotation of not great but not quite awful starters.
MLB Depth Charts projects the starting...