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Cubs closing on Villanueva, chasing Jackson

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08:14 AM ET 12.20 | 'Tis the season for shopping, and the Cubs have some items on their list. [Chicago is] reportedly pursuing free agents Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva. The Cubs lost out in their bid for Anibal Sanchez, who rejected a five year, $77 million offer and signed with the Tigers for $80 million. Now Chicago is apparently taking aim at Jackson, 29, who was reportedly seeking a three- to four-year contract after making $11 million last season with the Nationals. The Padres were among the teams believed to be in the mix for Jackson. ... [One report suggested] the Cubs had signed Villanueva. However, a source told MLB.com that the two sides were still finalizing details and no deal was done.

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December 20, 2012  09:30 AM ET

Jackson will give up a bazillioon dingers pitching in Wrigley Field.

December 20, 2012  09:55 AM ET

I guess Jackson is now plan C. Theo is desperate to come away with someone with the market dried up. Here, take this bucket of cash

December 20, 2012  09:57 AM ET

wiseup: Cubs have no where to go but up. compared to the pitching they through out there last year Jacksopn would be an upgrade. If jackson would settle for 2 or 3 years would be more suited for Cubs. The Cubs might look at signing Cody Ross. Again would be an upgrade on who the Cubs played in outfield last year.

December 20, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Villanueva is just a depth player. If you are banking your season on signing him, it may be a LONG season.

December 20, 2012  10:23 AM ET

wiseup: Cubs might also look at maybe signing Bourne. Not a super star, but definitely an upgrade in outfield.

December 20, 2012  11:49 AM ET

jackson would likely be signed by the cubs,,4 years 52 millions another overpaid guy after all teams never learn from past mistakes!!!

December 20, 2012  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Villanueva is just a depth player. If you are banking your season on signing him, it may be a LONG season.

villanueva its a new pitcher in the majors, plus has very little positive stats, the guarantee numbers could be at lost!!!!!

December 20, 2012  11:52 AM ET

jackson could be lights out in the cubs rotation, after he get signed by the cubs,the pitcher would likely stay in the DL most of the season!!!

December 20, 2012  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Jackson will give up a bazillioon dingers pitching in Wrigley Field.

likely not a smart move by the cubs,,should the cubs had been using minor league pitchers unstead signing free agents?? it seems the opposite thing in chicago,,,

December 20, 2012  12:46 PM ET

cubs would likely be the worse team next season,,, can't see any positive roster in this franchise,,,too dark and cloudy future!!

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December 20, 2012  03:10 PM ET

Cubs filling up roster spots with very average players. But in the case of Jackson, it may be for 4 or 5 years! I guess he might be okay as a #3 or #4 starter, if you have a couple of studs at 1 and 2.

December 20, 2012  03:13 PM ET

It will be interesting to see what Jackson signs for. Will he get something like a 4 year, $52M contract for being a pitcher who can throw 200 innings and get you 10-12 wins?

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December 20, 2012  04:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It will be interesting to see what Jackson signs for. Will he get something like a 4 year, $52M contract for being a pitcher who can throw 200 innings and get you 10-12 wins?

Well.....that's what he signed for......and he'll get about 10-12 wins a year with an ERA above 4.00.

December 20, 2012  05:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I like Jackson better than Sanchez, especially at the money each is getting.

from jackson and sanchez??better durability in sanchez and injuried free for sure, should jackson had signed for much less? sure the cubs over paid this guy without a question,,

December 20, 2012  05:52 PM ET

should the cubs sign back their nemesis zambrano to a one year contract???
after all the team couldn't be worse than they are already,,,

December 20, 2012  05:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Garza-Samardjza-Jackson-Wood-Villanueva is a better than average rotation.

How did you arrive at this? Not a single one of them ranked in the top 45 in ERA in the Majors last year. Garza is a very weak #1. Villanueva is at best a spot starter.

December 20, 2012  05:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Garza-Samardjza-Jackson-Wood-Villanueva is a better than average rotation.

i would said it seems as a triple AAA team if at most,,

 
December 20, 2012  05:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

How did you arrive at this? Not a single one of them ranked in the top 45 in ERA in the Majors last year. Garza is a very weak #1. Villanueva is at best a spot starter.

well that's all the cubs got,,,nothing new!!

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