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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Sources: Cubs, Jameson Taillon agree to 4-year, $68M deal

The Chicago Cubs bolstered their starting rotation Tuesday night, reaching an agreement with free agent pitcher Jameson Taillon on a four-year, $68 million deal, sources told ESPN.

Taillon, 31, was among the top pitchers remaining in free agency and is the latest big acquisition for the Cubs, who earlier Tuesday reached a one-year, $17.5 million agreement with slugger Cody Bellinger, sources told Passan.

Taillon is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA and striking out 151 in 171⅓ innings for the New York Yankees.

A hard-throwing right-hander, he has bounced back since arriving in the Bronx in a January 2021 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, returning to form after making just seven starts in 2019 and missing all of 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 08:51 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Brian C Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:52 AM (#6108468)
Seems like a pretty typical Hoyer play - don't break the bank for the best players, but happily throw some money at the middle-tier guys. Just so you can have a couple of free-agent contracts to point to when fans complain about you being cheap. No doubt we'll get some vague reference to "seeing some things" in his mechanics that they can address in the Pitching Lab.

I mean, OK - the Cubs need starting pitchers. But a guy who's posted a 100 ERA+ in each of his two seasons since TJ seems like not really the guy to help you improve much from a 74-win team. Taillon seems more like the guy that a team with a strong 1-2 in the rotation signs for depth, not a guy a rebuilding team signs to help them get over the hump. Especially since he's already 31, has an extensive injury history, and generally doesn't seem like the kind of guy who's going to be super effective at the end of a 4-year deal.
   2. Russ Posted: December 07, 2022 at 09:56 AM (#6108470)
Having Hot Topics include news items including:

* Josh Bell signing with Cleveland
* Jameson Tailllon signing with the Cubs
* Pirates land #1 pick in first ever MLB draft lottery

seems designed to trigger whatever is left of the remaining Pirate fan base here on BTF.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:02 AM (#6108472)

seems designed to trigger whatever is left of the remaining Pirate fan base here on BTF.

Maybe there will be an article later today "Actually, Sid Bream never touched home plate".
   4. God can’t be all that impressed with Charles S. Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:20 AM (#6108475)
As an NL-only Rotisserie player, I just think of Taillon as the great prospect that I was always trying to trade for, and was always grateful that his owner wouldn't part with him when he went under the knife again. I guess the optimists viewpoint is that because of those injuries at 31 he doesn't have too many miles on his arm. Still, not exactly an inspiring signing.
   5. Russ Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:23 AM (#6108476)
Still, not exactly an inspiring signing.

That was kind of my point... Taillon and Bell were seen as potential superstars in Pittsburgh. One is 31 and almost done, the other is looking (at best) like an average player at his position. When these are contrasted with what one would assume should be excitement about having the first pick, it kind of ruins it.
   6. Russ Posted: December 07, 2022 at 10:24 AM (#6108477)
Maybe there will be an article later today "Actually, Sid Bream never touched home plate".

Maybe the wayback machine bot that keeps posting in old threads can help us out with this, and you can always get help at
   7. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 07, 2022 at 01:39 PM (#6108535)
This seems like a solid signing given the crazy spending we're seeing.

Or we could have re-signed Contreras for similar money.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 07, 2022 at 03:05 PM (#6108567)
Yeah, underwhelming. Not that I expected anything exciting.
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: December 07, 2022 at 04:58 PM (#6108593)
If you want a reason for optimism, maybe Taillon's high HR rate is because MLB was sending bouncier balls to Yankee games.
   10. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: December 07, 2022 at 06:28 PM (#6108605)
seems designed to trigger whatever is left of the remaining Pirate fan base here on BTF.

I think it's just you, now.
   11. Moses Taylor loves a good maim Posted: December 07, 2022 at 06:35 PM (#6108606)
I'm getting major Edwin Jackson vibes here.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: December 08, 2022 at 01:54 PM (#6108747)
Hmmm ... back in 2013, that was 4/$52; 10 years later it's 4/$68. That's a very un-interesting rate of inflation.
   13. ReggieThomasLives Posted: December 12, 2022 at 04:57 PM (#6109245)
The latest big acquisition for the Cubs weighs 225 lbs?

CC Sabathia snorts in derision.

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