The Chicago Cubs have reportedly finalized their contract with free agent starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted on Thursday morning that Villanueva’s contract with the Cubs will be for two years and is worth $10 million. There still is no word on whether the Cubs will use Villanueva as a starting pitcher or as a reliever. Before becoming a starting pitcher in recent seasons, Villanueva began his career as a reliever. There is a thought that Villanueva could serve as both a starting pitcher and relief pitcher for the Cubs. Remember that both Matt Garza and Scott Baker are rehabbing from respective injuries suffered during the 2012 season, meaning there may be some concern within the Cubs’ front office that one of the two if not both of the starting pitchers may not be ready for the start of the 2013 season. Though, at $5 million per season, the Cubs may be looking to give Villanueva an opportunity as a starting pitcher.
I wrote on Wednesday in greater detail about what the addition of Villanueva will mean for the Cubs.