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Projected Starting Rotation
Edwin Jackson (replaces Travis Wood)
Carlos Villanueva (replaces Chris Rusin)
After wearing red and appearing in the postseason the past two years, Edwin Jackson will sport Chicago Cub blue in 2013 and probably not appear in the postseason.
On the bright side, he'll have the same in-season address for four years which will be the longest stretch of his career—barring a trade, of course.
GM Theo Epstein also signed former Blue Jay Carlos Villanueva to a two-year deal, so the Cubs ostensibly have seven big-league starters to choose from to fill the rotation.
Odds are good that they are poised to move their ace, Matt Garza, before Jackson or anyone else.
Scott Baker is a former 15-game winner, and if he proves effective, he could slide into the fourth spot in the rotation when or if Garza is dealt, and the Cubs would still have the edge over Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
However it pans out, the back-end of the Cubs' rotation improved greatly, bumping them up to third in our rankings after bringing up the rear two weeks ago.
Jackson is a solid No. 3 starter and has been slowly improving from one year to the next. His 1.218 WHIP was one of the best of his career, and he only just turned 29 this past September.
Villanueva was quite effective last year as a starter, but he did allow 23 home runs in just 125.1 innings for Toronto, which bears monitoring.