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The Cubs made a serious push for Anibal Sanchez before he signed with the Tigers on a five-year, $80 million deal. In the end they settled for adding Edwin Jackson on a four-year, $52 million deal.
They also added the likes of Scott Feldman, Scott Baker and Carlos Villanueva to their pitching staff, as their rotation should be improved from a season ago.
Anyone who excels from that trio will likely be trade bait, as will Matt Garza as he enters the final year of his contract with the team.
Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa was brought in on a two-year deal to compete with Carlos Marmol in the bullpen.
Ian Stewart was brought back to form half of an uninspiring platoon with Luis Valbuena, and Nate Schierholtz was signed to be the primary right fielder.
All in all, a series of stopgap moves for a rebuilding team and a big signing of a pitcher who is not spectacular but is durable and consistent—something that may well be worth $13 million per year these days.