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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  • Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • QuietMan 12 hours 17 min ago view
  • Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much

    Eric S 12 hours 45 min ago view
  • Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)

    Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...

    Transmission 12 hours 58 min ago view
  • *That was a fun HALF inning.

    Brick 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • this game is no longer awesome.

    crunch 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • he did...it was awesome.

    crunch 14 hours 12 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.

    Old and Blue 14 hours 13 min ago view
  • everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.

    okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.

    ...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.

    crunch 14 hours 15 min ago view
  • this game is awesome already.

    also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.

    crunch 14 hours 23 min ago view
  • Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.

    Transmission 14 hours 24 min ago view
  • "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."

    crunch 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • Maddon shore isn't afraid to bat a rookie 4th in the order.

    Old and Blue 17 hours 2 min ago view
  • how many pairs of dice did dusty leave hidden around the park when he left the cubs?

    crunch 17 hours 57 min ago view
  • Line-up shakeup, going all-2015 with pitcher batting 8th, Bryant 2nd

    J-Hey, Bryant 1B, Zobrist, Willson, Coghlan, Baez 3B, Russell, Hendricks, Almora

    Eric S 18 hours 21 min ago view
  • The Cubs are currently down Schwarber, Fowler, Soler, and Rizzo and Montero appear to be day-to-day. Maybe not surprising that they are struggling a bit as they rely more than expected on Baez, Russell, Almora, Contreras, and Szczur to provide offensive value.

    Charlie 21 hours 54 sec ago view