(San Diego) The Chicago Cubs have added Jameson Tyone to their starting rotation, signing the right-hander to a four-year contract worth approximately $68 million.
A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed contract details to the Associated Press on Wednesday, but asked not to be named because Taillon must pass his physical assessments.
The Cubs have not officially announced the signing, but the team’s president of baseball operations, Jed Hoyer, said Chicago’s roster has been looking to add Taillon for some time.
“I think he’s a really good starter,” Hoyer said at the San Diego winter meetings. He was very consistent. I think he’s continued to improve over the course of his career as his health has improved. »
The 31-year-old Taillon is having a solid season with the New York Yankees, posting a 14-5 record with a 3.91 ERA. He tied for a career high with 32 starts and served 177 1/3 innings, his highest total since 2018.
The signing ensured Taillon’s return to the Central Division of the National, after beginning his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Taillon began his Major League Baseball career in 2016, going 29-24 with a 3.67 ERA in 82 starts over his four seasons with the Pirates.
Taillon missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing a second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He was traded to the Yankees in January 2021 for four prospects.
Taillon was selected second overall in the 2010 draft. He will join a rotation that already includes Marcus Stroman and Kyle Hendricks.
The Cubs had a record of 74-88 in 2022, which was good for the third grade in the Central Division. However, they have won 40 of the last 71 games of the season.
After the All-Star Game break, the Cubs’ rookie rotation posted an ERA of 2.89, third-best in MLB behind the Houston Astros (2.70) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2.73).
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