[Apologies for the absence this afternoon - as I anticipated this morning, the familial sickness and attending needs took me away (literally - to the ER; but everything looks like it's going to be fine), so I'm just now getting back.]
Today the Chicago Cubs officially (officially? officially!) announced the signing of starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, and introduced him at a press conference that just wrapped up a little bit about (about which, more later). The deal, as it was previously reported, is indeed for four years and $52 million. The Cubs haven’t yet confirmed the $8 million signing bonus part, but I reckon it’s accurate.
With Jackson in tow, the Cubs now have three guys that you’d consider front three rotation options in Jackson, Matt Garza, and Jeff Samardzija. None are likely to become a true ace, but it’s a front three that, assuming Garza’s health, sits in the top … 20 or so in baseball? Add in the depth of the Scotts, Travis Wood, and Carlos Villanueva (and Arodys Vizcaino), and, top to bottom, I’m will to bump that number to top 15 or so in baseball. Maybe.
The 40-man roster stood at 39 before the addition of Jackson, so no corresponding move was required. Now at 40, the Cubs will have to make a move before they can make the Carlos Villanueva signing official.