(670 The Score) The Cubs bolstered their starting rotation late Tuesday night.
Right-hander Jameson Taillon and Chicago have agreed on a four-year, $68-million deal, according to ESPN. The deal came after Taillon's representation and Cubs officials met at the Winter Meetings, and he projects to slot into the middle of the club’s rotation and provide it with quality depth.
Taillon, 31, was 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 177 1/3 innings across 32 starts for the Yankees in 2022. He pitched to contact often in striking out just 7.7 batters per nine innings, but he kept his free passes to a minimum, walking just 1.6 batters per nine innings this past season.
He pitched for New York for the past two seasons after being in Pittsburgh from 2016-’20. Taillon missed the entirety of the 2020 season due to forearm and elbow injuries. Taillon has a career 3.84 ERA across six MLB seasons.
The addition of Taillon continued a busy stretch for the Cubs at the Winter Meetings, as they agreed with first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger on a one-year, $17.5-million deal earlier Tuesday. The Cubs also continue to eye the three star shortstops on the open market: Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson.