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With Scott Baker still recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Chicago Cubs wanted to add another starter and give themselves some options during the 2013 season. They did just that by signing Carlos Villanueva.
The details of the contract were not known last night, but Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago confirms the Cubs were finalizing the deal last night. Villanueva split time last season as a starter and a reliever. However, the Cubs will likely use him as a starter.
Baker suffered a torn UCL in early 2012, but he is expected to join the club somewhere near the middle of next season. In the mean time, Villanueva will be able to make some starts and prove to the front office whether he is ready for a permanent role in the rotation.
Villanueva, 29, has pitched for seven seasons in the Majors. He has a career 33-35 record with a 4.26 ERA. Last season, Villanueva pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA. He made 16 starts and 22 relief appear...
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The Cubs finalized contracts with Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva today, which gives the Cubs something like 18 starters. I lost count. The good news is that Edwin Jackson is actually good unlike the other 22 starters they signed this offseason. Jackson has been underrated for some time and that's in part to how miserably he performed when he reached the big leagues.
The Cubs have gone a little nutty in signing as many back-end of the rotation starters as they can find. They grabbed Scott Feldman who would be the worst starter in many rotations and the Cubs rotation is no different. They did sign Scott Baker though he's coming back from injury so we have temper expectations. Then they signed Carlos Villanueva, who hasn't been any good...
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...
On November 19, 2006, Alfonso Soriano signed the 5th-largest contract in Major League History (to that point, by total dollars). Coming off a season in which the Fonz hit .277/.351/.560 and joined the 40/40 club, the deal looked like a pretty good sized overpay, but the cost of doing business with a premier free agent [...]
The Chicago Cubs announced Friday they have finalized a one-year, $2.25 million deal with outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz, 28, batted .257 with six home runs for the Giants and Phillies in 2012. The Phillies decided to non-tender Schierholtz, who made $1.3 million last season. In other Cubs moves, left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion cleared waivers and was assigned...
Assuming that the deal actually goes through as planned, which is easier said than done on the North Side these days, the Chicago Cubs will have made their most noteworthy signing of the offseason, in bringing in starter Edwin Jackson.
Jackson, who has become the very definition of a journeyman over the last several years, finally gets a home for more than a few months in agreeing...
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Yesterday it was reported that free agent Edwin Jackson had
narrowed his list of suitors down to two teams; the Chicago Cubs and Texas
Rangers. Now, Jim Bowden of ESPN is saying that the Cubs are the frontrunner
Cubs now the front runner for Edwin Jackson as negotiations continue with both Cubs and Rangers..4 yrs and approx 52 m is ball park #source
— JIM BOWDEN...
The Texas Rangers temporarily filled their 40-man roster Friday by picking up left-hander Jeff Beliveau on a waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs.
Beliveau pitched in 22 games for the Cubs this year, going 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA. He was designated for assignment Dec. 12 to make room when the Cubs signed Ian Stewart.
Beliveau was the organization's minor league pitcher of the year...
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.
The Cubs will be the eighth team in 11 years for the 29-year...
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...
Jon Heyman (and others) are reporting that the Cubs have signed SP Carlos Villanueva, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 29-year old swingman ran up career highs in innings (125.1) and games started(16) last year for the Blue Jays. Depsite a fastball that won't get over 90 too often, he manages nearly 8 K/9(7.8 to be exact) for his career and a 3.1 BB/9. He's a bit prone...
Edwin Jackson used to be the #4 prospect in baseball.
Getting his first taste of the bigs in 2003 (as a 19-year old, no less), Jackson had a huge reputation to live up to early on in his career. For a long, long time, he never lived up to it.
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...
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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