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The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson have agreed to terms on a four-year contract. A Cubs source said that the deal is for $52 million; including an $8 million signing bonus with annual salaries of $11 million per year.
Jackson, 29, has pitched all or part of the last 10 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2003-05), Tampa Bay (2006-08), Detroit (2009), Arizona (2010), the White Sox (2010-11), St. Louis (2011) and Washington (2012). He has reached 31 or more starts in each of his last six seasons, has recorded double digits in wins in each of the last five seasons and has exceeded 180.0 innings pitched in each of the last five years, including three-straight seasons of 199.2 innings or more from 2009-11.
A 2009 American League All-Star with the Tigers, Jackson went 45-41 with a 3.98 ERA in 128 appearances (127 starts) the last four seasons starting with that All-Star campaign. A year after recording a career-high 14 wins with Tampa Bay in 2008, J...
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Over at The Cub Contrarian, Kyle used an estimated WAR for players to get a team win total. I thought I'd do the same thing, but I'm going to do it two ways: projections and my wild ass guesses.
Wild Ass Guess
Catchers: Welington Castillo (1.0), Dioner Navarro (negative infinity)
I could easily see Castillo being a 2 WAR player, but I'm not buying it. I could also see...
I saw the title of this article a couple days ago, but didn't bother reading it. I don't believe the Cubs have attempted to be competitive in the short term in any way whatsoever so the title made me laugh. I thought I'd answer the questions just for fun.
1. Are Matt Garza, Scott Baker and Arodys Vizcaino healthy?
Yes. Probably. Not for awhile.
I'm confident Garza...
The Cubs ZiPS projections for 2013 are available on Fangraphs now.
The Cubs are projected by ZiPS to have, in shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, to have a pair of basically All Star-type players who are also just 23 years old. Those are good kinds of players to have — especially for a team that isn’t likely to be very competitive this season, but has the...
The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden on Thursday.
Jackson, 29, was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts and tossed 189.2 innings for the Washington Nationals in 2012.
The Nationals did not make a qualifying offer to Jackson, so they won’t get any draft-pick compensation should he leave.
Christian Villanueva was acquired by the Cubs for Ryan Dempster at the trade deadline in 2012. He wasn't the top prospect we all wanted (Randall Delgado), but I was fairly excited by the pickup. I almost always prefer positional prospects to pitchers; partly due to TINSTAAP, but mostly because successful position players are (on the whole) usually more beneficial to a team than...
When the offseason began, it was no mystery as to what the Chicago Cubs hoped to achieve. After watching their rotation completely fall apart after a couple of mid-season trades and injuries, they hoped to build up their rotation. And by all accounts they have done exactly that. The Cubs have built up a rotation that now goes seven deep, having signed four free agent pitchers....
And so begins the Edwin Jackson era. The Chicago Cubs held a press conference at the wintry confines of Wrigley Field yesterday to present their newest addition. The 29-year old righty was handed a 4-year, $52-million contract, including an $8 million signing bonus. Looks more like Santa Theo left a huge gift under Jackson’s [...]
The 2013 ZiPS projections have begun to come out at their new home on FanGraphs, and the Cubs projections were posted today. The ZiPS projections are unique in that they not only project the major league roster, but also prospects as they would be in the major leagues if they were called up this year and recently retired players. Most projections account for a full season of...
Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, will be released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the Chicago Cubs. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other 2013 Projections: Astros / Athletics / Giants / Nationals / Phillies / Rangers.
The Cubs are projected by ZiPS to have,...
Matt Garza was oh-so-good in 2011. It wasn’t the first time he’d had a strikeout rate over 8.00 K/9 or a walk rate under 3.00 K/9, but it was the first time he’d done them both in the same season. Toss in a career-best 46.3 GB% and you have the recipe for a banner season, and that’s exactly what we saw with Garza and his 3.32 ERA.
Last year he kept the strikeouts and ground...
We had our first official round table discussion with most of the crew this past Thursday. We have a lot to get to so let’s just jump right in.
Topic 1: What are realistic expectations for the Cubs in 2013?
Well, I expect the Cubs to be better than they were last year. Hard not to considering we will have a full year of Rizzo and a much better starting rotation...