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Edwin Jackson is signed through 2016.
Their 2012-13 offseason has been...surprisingly busy.
Of course, the Chicago Cubs remain longshots to contend next summer. They had very poor pitching in place before adding a half-dozen arms in free agency.
Buying low on starting candidates Scott Baker and Scott Feldman allows the Cubs to flip them for prospects if they perform well early on.
The team, however, has yet to trade outfielder Alfonso Soriano. That has to get done before Opening Day.
Their 2011-12 offseason was...low key.
Reliever Shawn Camp turned out to be a great bargain. Released by the Seattle Mariners in spring training, the Cubs picked him up in late March for barely the league minimum. He ultimately led the National League in appearances.
The front office completed two significant trades, one of which seriously backfired.
Ian Stewart and Casey Weather struggled mightily at the major league and Triple-A levels, respectively. Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu, meanwhile, enjoyed career years with the Colorado Rockies.
Fortunately, the Cubs acquired their first baseman of the future, Anthony Rizzo, in a separate deal.