Re: Cubs sign Edwin Jackson
posted at 1/3/2013 11:00 PM EST
In response to Alibiike's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to Drewski5's comment:
I dont know much about teh Cubs farm system; however, I do know a bit about Theo. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Theo is probably overrating the Cubs prospects.
Do you think he "over-rated" Jackson?
He basically paid the same as Dempster times 2 years.
Well said. The Cubs also got Villanueva who is no slouch, IMO.
I think Villanueva is a bit of a slouch, and his flyball tendencies could be disastrous in Wrigley if he starts their full time. He is much, much better suited to a relief role, in which he has excelled in his career.
However, Epstein (or Hoyer, whoever) did bring in Scott Baker, who is an extremely talented pitcher who unfortunately cannot stay healthy. Baker, much like Scott Feldman and Jackson, was probably brought in to the Cubs much for the same reason they brought in Paul Maholm last year. To be traded for part(s) to rebuild the farm system. In this respect, Jackson is probably not a bad signing. If Edwin Jackson has shown anything in his career, it is that he can be traded with ease.
This also is supported by the signing of Villanueva, who provides an option for SP slot instead of rushing a young starter once one or two of the names above are traded. I would expect Baker and/or Feldman to go first, and Jackson might take a while as his contract will limit his appeal. But he is only 29 and the contract will look a little better every year, so there is no rush...