Found December 21, 2012 on
World Series Dreaming:
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 5 to be:
Which makes all sorts of sense given the talent on the roster. Jason Martinez does an awesome job on that site, it’s worth bookmarking.
What is really important to keep in mind is that the Cubs are almost guaranteed to trade Garza at some point this year given the depth of middle rotation guys they’ve put on the roster this off season.
Let’s look at the two most recent acquisitions.
The Villanueva signing generated little reaction to me. It’s 5MM a year for a 5 starter that may or may not survive a full transition from RP to SP. In the context of all the recent signing and player acquisitions, Scott Feldman, Hector Rondon, Scott Baker, it makes sense to have insurance policies for the insurance policies.
Injuries are a fact of life for pitchers, and someone has to log the innings in 2013 even if they’re empty innings.
For that reason tossing low dollars at Villanueva makes a lot of sense to me and I’m on board with trying all sorts of stuff and seeing what sticks.
Which brings us to the Edwin Jackson deal.
Jackson is a frustrating player. There are genuine stretches of dominance and brilliance where the stuff and results all come together and it just makes you go, “Ahhh, that’s why teams keep taking a chance on him.” And then he’ll lose the strike zone or he’ll get pounded and it just makes you go, “Ahh, that’s why teams keep giving up on him.”
I’ve been told, repeatedly, by people much smarter than I am that Jackson’s deal is market value and it’s a smart deal and he’s really an underrated pitcher.
@mrubio52 Yeah but he was an above average pitcher even so. And remains one. BB/9 under 3 in the last two years.
— Craig Goldstein (@cdgoldstein) December 20, 2012
This entire convo is a good look at how I was convinced actually. Craig is another good follow.
Which when removed from the initial “Damn it’s Edwin Jackson” reaction it makes some sense. I’m not really throwing out the rose petals for the guy, but I’m not really mad or confused about the deal anymore.
Edwin Jackson is a guy that you just close your eyes during the season and look at the final results.
So long as you don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll all be fine in the end.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
The Chicago Cubs are closing in on four-year, $52 million deal with free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, according to an ESPN The Magazine report. Jackson, 29, went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 189 2/3 innings with the Washington Nationals in 2012, after signing a one-year, $11-million deal with them. The Nationals didn't make a qualifying offer, so they won't receive draft-pick...
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...
Edwin Jackson is only 29 years old, but he’s already played for seven Major League Baseball franchises. While that may be a red flag to a lot of teams, the Chicago Cubs are about to give the right-hander a lot of money to join his eighth club.
CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports that Jackson has agreed to a four-year contract worth $52 million. The 29-year-old is coming off...
The Chicago Cubs, continuing to add depth to their pitching staff, are close to signing free-agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva, according to a major-league source.
Villanueva, 29, spent the past two seasons as a swingman with the Toronto Blue Jays, contributing as both a starter and reliever.
The Cubs' rotation currently consists of Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood...
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.
Image taken by Keith Allison and used under the Creative...
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...
After failing to trade for Dan Haren of the Angels and failing to sign Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers, the Chicago Cubs finally have the veteran starting pitcher they've been craving: journeyman Edwin Jackson, who the team agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with on Thursday, substantially less than the $80 million that Sanchez got over five years from the Tigers.
While they may have some up short in signing Anibal Sanchez, it appears as if we could see the Chicago Cubs sign Edwin Jackson, as both sides are closing in on a contract that could be for four years worth $52 million. This, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Jackson went just 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA with the Washington Nationals in 2012. Jackson was hoping for a long term deal prior...
The Chicago Cubs are nearing a deal with free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. The deal is reportedly for four-years worth around $52mm.
Jackson signed a one-year deal last offseason with the Nationals. He went on to go 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts with an 8.0 K/9 and a 1.218 WHIP.
Image taken by Keith Allison and used under the Creative Common License Agreement.
One player was welcomed to Chicago this week when the Cubs signed Edwin Jackson to a four year contract worth $52 million. Another player, A.J. Pierzynski, bid the Windy City adieu leaving the White Sox as a free agent and signing a one year contract with the Rangers. Jackson goes from being an overlooked member of a loaded Nationals rotation in 2012 to being relied on to pitch near...
While the Cleveland Indians attempted to recruit free agent outfield Nick Swisher as if he were a high schooler looking to name his collegiate future, it appears that their conquests do not end there.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Chris Antonetti and company are eying up veteran starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, potentially adding to a rotation that recently added power...
Jon Heyman of CBS says that the Cubs have added Carlos Villanueva on a two-year deal worth $10MM. I’m actually okay with this one because the guy is still young, has potential and is moving from a tough league to a not-so-tough league. Villanueva is basically this year’s Paul Maholm signing, more so than Scott Baker or Scott Feldman since the Scotts don’t actually have...