The Chicago Cubs are clearly working around the clock. They signed Cody Bellinger to a one-year deal early in the evening and that got fans all sorts of excited. Well, they aren’t done there either as they made yet another signing late on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
This one is coming in the form of a pitcher. After rumors about them being interested in him, they are signing Jameson Taillon to a contract. This is a great move for the Cubs as they wrap up day three of the Winter Meetings by bringing a good pitcher into the mix.
This isn’t a superstar or anything like that but he can be a great middle-of-the-rotation kind of guy with this group. We don’t know who else they will sign but their rotation is starting to really round out nicely. Taillon will be a big part of that.
The Cubs finalized this deal pretty late at night. It sounds like this is going to be a four-year deal worth 68 million dollars. This is a huge deal for the Cubs as they now have a very good pitcher in the mix. He will fit in really well with the rest of the staff.
The Chicago Cubs needed some upgraded pitching in 2023 and beyond.
In 2022 as a member of the New York Yankees, Taillon had a 3.91 ERA with a WHIP of 1.128. He also had 151 strikeouts in 177.1 games played which isn’t all that much but he can punch people out when needed. He relies on his accuracy, command, and the team behind him to succeed.
All of this accumulated a positive WAR of 1.3. That is not bad, especially knowing that he is coming off two pretty good years with one of the top teams in the American League.
He also knows what it is like to be on a not-so-great team as he spent four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates before making his way to New York. If he can bring some of that experience to the Cubs, they will be happy with this signing.
The Cubs are seriously serious about winning in 2023. They added a former MVP outfielder, a good pitcher in Taillon, and they are clearly in the market for one of the big shortstops. We’ll see how far they take this.