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World Series Dreaming:
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.
Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Carlos Villanueva In, Lendy Castillo Out j.mp/112DLwP#Cubs#MLB
— Aerys Sports (@AerysSports) January 28, 2013
Ah there we go. Well, Villanueva is a guy that has never cracked 150 IP in professional baseball. He has good stuff, his K% is pretty good, holding at 20.4% for his career, his peripheral numbers aren’t awful, ok K-BB ratio, decent xFIP. It looks like a low risk high reward signing for a guy who’s been hurt, can maybe start, and is looking to maybe put together a decent year.
The Cubs are giving him 5mm a year to prove himself. I like the deal.
What say the internet?
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano remains on the trade
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Garza could join him once he regains his health, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Focus on Garza is get him healthy and in our rotation.that could change because not signed past this year and we need to collect talent #SXM
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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...