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Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Cubs have agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. The length is also a mystery, but chances are it’s a one-year pact.

Villanueva posted a decent 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 122/46 K/BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings — 16 starts and 22 relief appearances — this past season for the Blue Jays. He will serve as a starter in Chicago.

The Cubs’ rotation at the beginning of 2013 will go Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Scott Feldman then Villanueva.

And Scott Baker should be recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery by May.

We’re not expecting the Cubs to be contenders or anything, but that’s not a bad group.

  1. 13arod - Dec 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    not bad but i thought they were going to sign edwin jackson would have been better

  2. jaysjunkie - Dec 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Not a big surprise, as Villanueva wanted to be a starter with the Jays and obviously there’s no place for him in that rotation now. If he does start then it’ll be interesting to see how his arm holds up, as that was the concern here in T.O. (that he couldn’t handle a starter’s workload).

    I liked the guy and hope he does well in Chicago.

  3. jaysfan64 - Dec 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    V is a good team guy – did everything he was asked to here…only question with him is stamina..he sure knows how to pitch but if his location is the tiniest bit off he gets teed up cause he’s not overpowering by any stretch…AA did want him back but strictly as a swing guy cause of the stamina concerns..wish him all the best with the Cubbies…

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I just want to agree with what the other Jay fans have written. He is a class act and I wish him well with the Cubs.

  5. cur68 - Dec 20, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Damn. Just back from the pub and saw this. C-Ville was a reliable guy; steady and dependable. He could pitch relief, make starts, and eat innings. One of my favourite BullPen Beavermen. See ya, Carlos. Good luck on the Cubs.

  6. fanofevilempire - Dec 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Theo is reeling in those BIG time free agents!

    oh boy!

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