Sign All the Pitchers: Cubs Reportedly Sign BOTH Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva (UPDATES)

Pending physicals, the Cubs’ pitching staff is about to get crazy deep …

  • BOOM: Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, pending a physical.
  • The following bullets were from before that Mooney report, so they may sound a bit off – still useful stuff, though.
  • Dave Kaplan reports that the Cubs are in “prime position,” per sources, to land Edwin Jackson. Given that we’ve heard from multiple sources that the Cubs are the favorite, and we’ve started hearing numbers – four years, $52 million, the tea leaves are really strongly pointing to the Cubs getting their man. Kap adds that the Christmas holiday could hold up the timing of an announcement, but …
  • Jackson’s former teammate in Washington certainly thinks Jackson has come to an agreement today, tweeting, “Congrats to my boy @EJ36 for his big deal today. You will be missed, couldn’t of happened to an amazing friend and great pitcher.” That doesn’t mean it’s the Cubs, obviously, but it sure seems likely.
  • Another former teammate – Matt Garza – continues to suggest that Jackson is coming to the Cubs. Adding a bit more to his cryptic tweets earlier (asking what uniform Jackson might wear), Garza notes that he “knows Jackson really well.” Which could mean that Garza knows Jackson wants to come to the Cubs, or it could mean simply that Garza knows uniform number is very important to Jackson. Obviously the former makes slightly more sense, but, once again, this isn’t a confirmation that the Cubs are definitely getting him.
  • Speaking of Garza, and this will obviously become the subject of a great deal more discussion if and when the Jackson signing is made official, Kap says that he hears from agents that the Cubs don’t plan on flipping any of the pitchers they’ve signed. But Kap doesn’t hear the same thing about Garza (implying that the Cubs could deal with their glut of starting pitchers by dealing Garza – to which I say, “still virtually impossible to trade him until he shows he’s healthy”).
  • On Carlos Villanueva, whom we heard about earlier today and last night, multiple reports now have the deal as done, pending a physical. So that’s the status there.
  • I’ll wait for just a bit more confirmation before delving deeply into the implications of the moves (roster, rotation, plans, etc.), and the substance of the deals. Instant reaction is: I love the depth it gives the Cubs, and I love the options it gives them. I think each deal is very fair in this market, and the arrow is pointing up.
  • UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal’s sources also tell him that the Cubs and Jackson are in agreement on a four-year, $52 million deal.

    UPDATE the Second: Jon Heyman and Jim Bowden enter the fray, and also confirm on Jackson. By the way, Bowden was the one who started this whole discussion of the Cubs and Jackson actually potentially happening this week, so he probably deserves some credit.

    UPDATE the Third: Heyman says there’s no no-trade clause in Jackson’s deal, which was never really a concern.

    UPDATE the Fourth: Probably worth linking back to my take on Jackson as a target for the Cubs from earlier this week. I’ll have much more on him and the rotation in the coming days/weeks/etc. The Cubs’ situation has changed pretty dramatically in the last two days, even if these two pitchers don’t actually suddenly turn them into a playoff contender.

    written by

    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

    more cubs news

    Pre-Gamin’: Braves at Cubs (6:40 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

    CUBS LINEUP — It's a rematch! The Cubs won only one game during their series in Atlanta last week, and it was started (on both ends) by the guys on the mound tonight: Javier Assad and Charlie Morton. Let's hope...

    Cubs Injury Update: Alzolay’s Second Opinion, Wicks Takes a Big Step, Smyly, Palencia, More

    [ankin_law] She's obviously not the only one out there on the beat, but Meghan Montemurro (Chicago Tribune) has been all over the Cubs (many) injury updates this season. And for that, we thank her greatly! Among her latest updates is...

    Kyle Hendricks is Officially OUT of the Cubs Rotation (For Now)

    Before today's series opener against the Atlanta Braves, the Cubs released their pitching probables for the week. And where Kyle Hendricks' name was supposed to be penciled in this Thursday was a big fat TBD. There was a chance the...

    Even Cardinals Players Don’t Like Their City Connect Jerseys

    I joked about the new St. Louis Cardinals City Connects this morning in the Bullets, but if you missed it, here's how they look: https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/1792563447000891514 https://twitter.com/BleacherNation/status/1792590082970419552 It's just ridiculous. You've got the main, same-as-ever logo, set atop a name no...

    MLBits: Devers Chasing History, Mariners Wild Comeback, Sale’s Resurgence, More

    Rafael Devers has a chance to chase history tonight, Chris Sale is having a career resurgence in Atlanta, and the Mariners topped the Yankees in a wild one last night. That and more in today's MLB Notes. Rafael Devers Homers...

    Cubs Farm Report | May 21, 2024: Top 25 Prospect Stock Report

    The Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates were off on Monday, so it's time to take stock of some recent hot (and not-so-hot) performers inside the Cubs Top 25 prospects down on the farm in today's Cubs Farm Report. Cubs Farm...

    Triple-A Promotion for Relief Prospect Zac Leigh and the Near-Term Future of Impact Relievers

    Zac Leigh has been a helium Cubs pitching prospect since about 10 days after the team drafted him in the 16th round in 2021 out of Texas State. The Cubs converted him to relief out of the gate, and he...

    I Actually Like Their Chances This Week: Cubs vs Braves – Series Preview

    Cubs vs Braves — Well here's the good news: Chris Sale and Reynaldo Lopez BOTH pitched yesterday in the Braves-Padres double-header, which means the Cubs will most both of them this series. Seeing as they combined to throw 12 shutout...

    The Cubs Are Coming Home to Face the Pirates

    Cubs vs Pirates — There's going to be a little deja vu here for the next week, as the Cubs play seven straight games against the Pirates and Braves after just wrapping up six games against ... the Pirates and...

    Cubs Set a Target Date for Dansby Swanson’s Return, Daniel Palencia Also On His Way

    First, a quick update I kept out of the headline: Nico Hoerner is not in the Cubs lineup today, as he continues to deal with left hamstring tightness. The Cubs have now blown past the maximum IL backdate optimization, which...

    Latest News

    Braves vs. Cubs: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    On Wednesday at 7:40 PM ET, Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves (27-17) play Christopher Morel and the Chicago Cubs (26-22) at Wrigley Field.The article below will provide you with everything you need to watch Atlanta take on Chicago.When is...

    Padres vs. Reds: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

    On Wednesday at 6:40 PM ET, Jurickson Profar and the San Diego Padres (25-25) face Elly De La Cruz and the Cincinnati Reds (19-28) at Great American Ball Park.The article below will give you everything you need to know to...

    How to Watch Pirates vs. Giants: Live Stream or on TV

    The Pittsburgh Pirates (22-26), led by Bryan Reynolds, host Thairo Estrada and the San Francisco Giants (23-25) on Wednesday at 6:40 PM ET.If you're planning on watching this game, keep reading for streaming and TV options for the Pittsburgh-San Francisco...

    How to Watch Brewers vs. Marlins: Live Stream or on TV

    Freddy Peralta will take the ball for the Milwaukee Brewers (27-20) when they visit starter Jesus Luzardo and the Miami Marlins (16-33) on Wednesday, with first pitch at 6:40 PM ET and the Marlins going for a series sweep.If you're...

    How to Watch Blue Jays vs. White Sox: Live Stream or on TV

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays (21-25) host Gavin Sheets and the Chicago White Sox (14-34) on Wednesday, with first pitch at 7:07 PM ET.Keep reading to see how to watch the Toronto-Chicago matchup in the article below.When...

    Yankees vs. Mariners: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    On Wednesday, Nestor Cortes Jr. will take the mound for the New York Yankees (33-16) versus Bryce Miller and the Seattle Mariners (26-22), with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET at Yankee Stadium.Keep reading to find out how to...

    Vic Fangio Got Sniped By One of His Ex-Players

    Vic Fangio is one of the most revered assistant coaches in football. Chicago Bears fans hold Fangio in high regards because of his time with the team from 2015-18. Fangio was the Bears' defensive coordinator under two different head coaches...

    How to Watch Twins vs. Nationals: Live Stream or on TV

    The Minnesota Twins (24-23), led by Ryan Jeffers, visit C.J. Abrams and the Washington Nationals (21-25) on Wednesday at 1:05 PM ET.If you're trying to watch this game, keep reading for streaming and TV options for the Minnesota-Washington matchup.When is...

    Guardians vs. Mets: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

    The Cleveland Guardians (31-17), with Triston McKenzie on the hill and trying to sweep the series, host the New York Mets (21-26) who will start Jose Quintana, at 1:10 PM ET on Wednesday.Keep reading to see how to watch the...

    Astros vs. Angels: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    Kyle Tucker and the Houston Astros (21-27) host Taylor Ward and the Los Angeles Angels (19-29) at 2:10 PM ET on Wednesday.Keep scrolling to find out all the details on how to watch Houston square off against Los Angeles live.When...

    more cubs news