12/20 Jackson & Villanueva updates
According to reports Thursday, the Cubs have agreed with Edwin Jackson on a four-year, $52 million deal. He was 10-11 last season and compiled a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts. The Cubs and Carlos Villanueva also have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract. Villanueva, 29, made 16 starts and 22 relief appearances last season for the Blue Jays, compiling a 4.16 ERA over 125 1/3 innings. He could be used as a swingman.
The Cubs would not confirm or comment on the reports but Matt Garza did. Garza was Jackson’s teammate in Tampa in 2008. He wondered out loud on his Twitter account what uniform number the right-hander would wear with the Cubs. Garza then welcomed Jackson on Twitter: “Like I said last night, EJax is my boy! I heard it from a cubs horse last night!! That horse being EJax! Nice to have another in the stable!”
– Carrie Muskat