In the off-season, the Chicago Cubs’ front office had money to spend. The front office planned on spending that money on starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
There was a point in the off-season in which the Cubs were believed to have signed Sanchez. However, those beliefs were premature as Sanchez only used the Cubs as a negotiating tactic to get more money from the Detroit Tigers.
The Cubs were left at the alter. Though, the team opted for a quick rebound. Shortly after their flirtation with Sanchez, the Cubs signed veteran starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to a 4-year, $52 million contract.
Jackson was meant to give the Cubs a veteran presence in the starting rotation. Jackson also figured to be an ideal starting pitcher to have in the event that the Cubs were able to trade Matt Garza. However, Jackson has struggled considerably during the first two months of the season.
In 10 starts with the Cubs during the 2013 season, Jackson is 1-7 to go along with an ERA of 6.11. Though, looking beyond the standard numbers, one would discover that Jackson has been the victim of bad luck this season. That form of bad luck is on display when you look at the fact that the starting pitcher has a FIP of 3.68.
Though, Jackson’s walk-rate of 3.74% is the highest it has been since 2008 when the starting pitcher was with the Tampa Bay Rays.
This is the type of mistake that the Cubs’ front office can’t afford to make. After missing out on Sanchez, the Cubs’ front office felt the need to spend the money on someone. That is the wrong mentality. Because that mentality has locked the Cubs into a four-year contract with a pitcher that may have already reached his peak.
There are bound to be mistakes by every front office in Major League Baseball. But mistakes like the one the Cubs made with Jackson, can eventually be the reason why there is a regime change for an organization.