We heard earlier today that the Cubs had signed Carlos Villanueva pending physicals. Now we hear from CSN's Patrick Mooney that the Cubs have signed Edwin Jackson to a 4 year, $52M.
Jon Heyman reports that there is no NTC (no trade clause) in this agreement.
It's a little higher than I would have liked, but it is a bargain when you compare it to some of the deals out there right now. Jackson isn't all that far below Sanchez and yet the Cubs got him for $28M less. Overall, you can't complain as the Cubs have locked him up for the rest of his prime years (ages 29-32)
For Jackson, this deal means the kind of security and stability he hasn't had despite a solid career. The Cubs are his 7th team and he has yet to turn 29.
On the mound, Jackson is a hard-throwing athletic pitcher who continues to improve his command as he matures.
Last year he went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA (3.79 FIP). The year was slightly down from his previous three, but I expect him to rebound and provide the Cubs with a solid #3 starter and innings eater.
He's also a possible replacement for Matt Garza, should the Cubs trade him as has been rumored for a full year now. He's similar in age and stuff to Garza, perhaps a tick lower, but he has been more consistent in his career.
As for his repertoire, Jackson has a mid 90s fastball and plus slider to go with an average curve and change.