Originally written January 26, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva agreed to terms on a two-year $10 million contract. To make room for Villanueva, right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo was designated for assignment. Villanueva, 29, joins the Cubs after pitching the last seven seasons with the Brewers (2006-10) and Blue Jays (2011-12). Villanueva has 56 starts and 245 relief appearances during his major league career, going 33-35 with six saves and a 4.26 ERA (311 ER/657.1 IP). In his most recent two seasons with Toronto, Villanueva made 29 starts and 42 relief appearances. Last season, Villanueva went 7-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 33 appearances (11 starts) through the end of August before tanking during the season’s final month with a 0-3 record and an 8.10 ERA (24 ER/26.2 IP) in five starts in September. Overall in 2012, Villanueva went 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA in 38 appearances with the Blue Jays. Villanueva made his major league debut with Milwaukee in 2006 and became a big league mainstay by the ...
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