1/2 Cubs sign Jackson
The Cubs got the new year off to a good start and gave their rotation a boost on Wednesday, signing free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million contract.
They will introduce him at a news conference at Wrigley Field Wednesday. Jackson, 29, is the third starting pitcher the Cubs have added this offseason, joining Scott Baker and Scott Feldman. The team also signed Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million deal, and selected reliever Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft. Jackson is coming off a 10-11 record last season and 4.03 ERA with the Nationals. A durable pitcher, he’s averaged 199 innings the last five seasons. The right-hander is 14-9 with a 3.95 ERA in 38 games (36 starts) against the National League Central.
Adding more pitching has been a priority for the Cubs, who used a franchise-record 30 pitchers in 2012. They wanted more depth, especially if Baker and Matt Garza are not ready. Baker is coming back from Tommy John surgery and Garza was shut down July 21 because of right elbow problems. Garza began throwing in mid December and Baker has said he’ll be ready in Spring Training. The list of Cubs starters now includes Jackson, Garza, Baker, Feldman, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and Arodys Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves in the Paul Maholm deal last July. Vizcaino, however, also is coming back from Tommy John surgery. The addition of Jackson will not cost the Cubs a Draft pick. He became available after the Nationals declined to make him a qualifying offer.
– Carrie Muskat