From the Wire … Cubs Announce Edwin Jackson Signing

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have officially signed Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million contract. Jackson will be introduced at a 3:00pm CST press conference at Wrigley on Wednesday afternoon.

With the addition of Edwin Jackson, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

Edwin Jackson’s contract reportedly includes a $8 million signing bonus. The four-year contract is believed to be for $52 million but by paying $8 million up front, the Cubs will pay him $11 million per season.

The Cubs still must make a roster move before announcing the signing of Carlos Villanueva.

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  • brent carmona

    Neil, any particular website where we can watch the press conference live? Thanks.

    • Neil

      Sorry … here ya go

      Cubs set to introduce Edwin Jackson at 3:00 p.m., click the link to watch our live feed:

  • paulcatanese

    Shierholtz is told already that he is the regular right fielder,
    thats pretty good for him, knowing he has a regular spot without even putting a uniform on. How long will it take to know whether or not he can do the job, after all he is not Willie Mays.

    • Tony_Hall

      “right now…” and he will be platooning.

      Not sure that is good for him or should make him feel comfortable knowing he has a regular spot without even putting a uniform on. Sounds like they are still trying to make him a 4th/5th OF by adding someone else and at most see him as a platoon player.

      • RynoTiger

        is numbers are too similar to DeJesus. We can afford to have one DeJesus type as a starter in the OF. the last spot should go to someone who has better offensive production. Perhaps Sappelt and Schierholtz are a RF platoon?….

        • Tom U

          Just to let you know, Sappelt is finished for the the winter. He hit .336 with 5 homers, 15 RBI, and 5 stolen bases in 30 games.

          It is also Sappelt’s 26th birthday today.

        • Tony_Hall

          Sappelt is the platoon partner for Schierholtz if the season started today, to go along with Soriano in LF and DeJesus in CF. But, I bet that the OF looks different come opening day, as I expect them to still add an OF, most likely through a trade

          • RynoTiger

            any thoughts on which OFers you think could be trade targets?

          • Tony_Hall

            I do believe that they have the parameters of a deal with the Phillies to trade Soriano for Brown. It would have more players involved, but it is a waiting game until Bourn signs. I can see the intrigue with Brown, as he is controlled for 5 more years and looks like he could be a power hitting corner OF bat. But not sure if I am sold on him, as he doesn’t seem to hit for the power you would expect (and want) out of him.

            As far as others, we have seen the rumors for so many options, and so many have been shot down. But, I would say that anyone you can think of, that this FO has has discussions with their team about what it would take in return. Many of the trade parameters and FA signings are laid out early in the off-season and then as the domino’s fall, front offices all over play the next card.

          • RynoTiger

            I’m not sold on Brown either. I’m not really liking a trade for him. I’m going to text Jed now and tell him to pass on that trade idea. I’ll let you know what he says.

          • Tony_Hall

            Hopefully you can convince Jed as Theo hasn’t listened to me on this one…..

          • daverj

            Brown really has had some minor/moderate injuries the past couple seasons. I’d like to see what he could do with health and a full time role. He’ll get that chance eventually … I hope it is with the Cubs. He may fail, but he has the upside to be a future all-star.

      • paulcatanese

        I would have thought the money was enough incentive without the position being given out
        to him. Although I agree Tony that they would
        probably platoon him. And Sapplet has had a good winter ball season and should be very
        competetive for a spot.

  • Tom U

    Smokies First baseman Justin Bour with the only hit as Carolina being 1-hit by Caguas in the top of the 5th

  • GaryLeeT

    Since E. Jackson has the stability of a long term contract for the first time in his career, and the mental side of the game factors in so heavily for pitchers, I am going to boldly predict that he wins 15 games next season. I feel very comfortable making this prediction, because i will suffer no real consequence if I am wrong.