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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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Pitcher Carlos Villanueva and the Chicago Cubs have completed a $10 million, two-year contract.
Villanueva will earn $5 million annually as part of Saturday's deal. The sides had agreed to the contract in mid-December, pending a successful physical.
The 29-year-old right-hander spent the past two seasons with Toronto and went 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA last year in 16 starts and 22...
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Yes! The news is finally official! After the longest physical in the history of western civilization the Cubs have signed Carlos Villanueva! So who is this mysterious pitcher from another country (Canada)?
A Carlos Raúl Villanueva no le gustaban los obesos.
— Alexander (@AlexMateran12) January 28, 2013
Huh. Actually I don’t think that’s the right guy.
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Let’s backtrack a bit.
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