Had to wait a little longer to post this as I’m sure you all know the recent history of the Cubs acquiring players hasn’t been pretty, as in they never really acquired them in the first place. Per Patrick Mooney of CSN, the Cubs have signed Edwin Jackson to a four year deal worth $52M. Great signing here from the Cubs as they lock up a talented 29 year old arm to not only solidify some depth on the pitching staff, but also stabilize the middle of the rotation. The length of the deal fits the Cubs as it provides instant improvement to the Cubs staff but also allows Jackson to be here when the Cubs are contending as I think there is another level that Jackson hasn’t reached yet. Edwin Jackson has been a bit of a journeyman in his career, funny saying that about a 29 year old, but it’s true. This will be Jackson’s 8th team that he has pitched for in his career, he finally has some stability, and that should only mean good things for the power right hander. The Cubs rotation once bare, now has 7-8 legit starting pitchers, so now is the time for some real competition to see who will crack the 2013 rotation, and also gives Theo and Jed what they were looking for, starting pitching depth, which needs to be around 8-9 deep if you want to be successful.
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Buster Olney is reporting via Twitter today that the Cubs and Scott Feldman are nearing a deal. Buster continues that it would be a one year deal, but nothing is official yet, sounds like it’s very close to being official though. If indeed this signing does happen I really like it. Feldman, who is 29 years old, and Scott Baker were two solid free agent pitchers that aren’t that flashy name that people are exited about but they are quality arms that give teams innings. Feldman has pitched for the Rangers for his entire 8 year Major League career and sports a career ERA of 4.81, not too bad considering where he was pitching. Last year wasn’t the best of years for Feldman as he was 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA, but 2009 is when he really burst onto the scene going 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA. He would be a welcomed addition to this Cubs staff, more as it becomes available.
[UPDATE] Per Patrick Mooney the deal is official, one year deal worth $6 million, nice signing by the Cubs.
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