Cubs Get A Starting Pitcher (Allegedly)

UPDATE: Carrie Muskat tweet says Cubs talking to Edwin Jackson and Villanueva, but no deal done with either. And so we wait...


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 to the long ball with a 1.3 HR/9 rate for his career (although his HR/FB% rates are a little higher than the norm) and has a 4.26 career ERA between the Brewers and Blue Jays over 7 seasons (306 games, 56 of those started).

Much like the addition of Scott Feldman, he's being applauded by many of the saber-folks as a good low money risk play this offseason.

We'll see what the money is in this case, but seems like another shrewd, yet unspectacualr move for the Cubs. I don't know if he's been promised a rotation spot, but more likely he'll just be one of the competitors for a spot in spring training and obviously someone comfortable with moving to the pen if and when necessary. Now let's see if Twitter didn't jump the gun again.

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    Arizona Phil 10 hours 34 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 15 hours 51 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 15 hours 52 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 16 hours 4 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 16 hours 5 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 16 hours 5 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 16 hours 13 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 16 hours 59 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 17 hours 3 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 17 hours 15 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 17 hours 34 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 17 hours 54 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 17 hours 56 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 20 hours 55 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 8 min ago view