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Cubs add Jackson and Villanueva to pitching plans

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The Cubs will add two more arms to challenge for rotation spots with the signings of right-handers Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva.
Both deals where completed Thursday pending physicals for both players, according to multiple reports.
Both 29-year-olds will vie for starting roles, with returning Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood and newly-signed Scott Baker and Scott Feldman.
Jackson's deal is the bigger signing--a four-year package worth $52 million. Though Jackson has pitched for five different clubs in the last six seasons--including the White Sox in 2011--he is a former All-Star (2009) who also pitched a no-hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was part of the Washington Nationals' National League East Division-winning team last season, going 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts.
Villanueva gets a two-year deal worth $10 million. He made 29 starts for the Toronto Blue Jays over the last two seasons and had indicated he wanted a chance to remain a starter.
He also made 42 relief appearances for the Jays and had been a reliever with the Milwaukee Brewers.

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I have not visited this blog for quite a while, and from the paucity of comments, neither has anyone else.That being the case, maybe I can get a dialogue going with you, Toni. What is your take on the Cub pitching for the upcoming season? I think they might be a fairly decent offensive team, especially if Stewart plays third and ups his offense significantly. Their defense should be solid over the middle and at first. Pitching is the key, it seems to me, regarding just how far the Cubs can go in their second rebuilding year. Overall I think the changes have been good, and I remain optimistic, but what do you see regarding their pitching?

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