Welcome To Chicago: Edwin Jackson

The Cubs rung in the new year by making their signing of 29-year-young RHP Edwin Jackson all officially official. The deal is for 4 years and $52 million. Yay.

In all sincerity, welcome to Chicago, Mr. Jackson. I hope the next four years will be full of magic and devoid of kitten-eating for you.

To you, my readers, I’d like to take this opportunity of saying a quick Happy New Year. Here’s to 2013 being our greatest 364-day journey around the sun YET! Cheers.



Welcome To Chicago: Brett Jackson & Josh Vitters

Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson.

We have been hearing about these guys for a long time, and it seems their time has come at last. Both were recalled from Iowa and made their big-league debuts yesterday.

The future is now. Sort of.

Welcome to the show, B-Jax. Welcome to the show, Joshy V. I hope you’re both here to stay.

Welcome To Chicago: Anthony Rizzo

News Cubs fans have been anticipating since the season began came at last this afternoon. First baseman and prospecto numero uno Anthony Rizzo has been recalled from triple-A Iowa and will make his debut in Chicago tomorrow.

Mr. Rizzo was batting .345 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI and a 1.110 OPS with the I-Cubs.

You may count me among the fans who are ready to receive his potent bat, solid glove, and smiley countenance with open arms.

Welcome to Chicago, Anthony Rizzo. We really are glad you’re here (and hope it’s for good.)

Welcome to Chicago: Paul Maholm

Southpaw starter Paul Maholm (formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates) and the Cubs have reportedly come to terms on a one-year contract worth $4.25mm. According to MLB Trade Rumors, it includes a $6.5mm club option for 2013, with a $500k buyout. Paul himself announced that he was Chiago-bound last night via Twitter (speaking of which, hey! We’ve got another tweeting Cub! Yay.)

Welcome to the zoo  asylum  dungeon of shattered dreams and feeble hopes  fold, Mr. Maholm. It’s good to have you.

Welcome to Chicago: Ian Stewart

It’s funny how I instantly start liking people once they become Cubs. If you had asked me yesterday at this time what I thought of Ian Stewart, my reaction would have been to stare at you expressionlessly and perhaps blink a few times. Now that he’s a Cubs? Well, he seems pretty cool to me. Not that I know much about him, yet, but I’ll find something to love. Just watch me.

I like the name Ian Stewart. It sounds so incredibly British. I think I can build on that…

Tally ho, Ian! And welcome to the great city of Chicago.

Welcome To Chicago: David DeJesus

I guess we can go ahead and hang a “No Vacancy” sign in right field at Wrigley. The Cubs have announced the signing of David DeJesus, 31, to a two-year $10MM deal (with a club option for 2014.)

I find myself pleased that this deal caught me unawares… no days of drawn out speculation, no string of MLBtraderumors.com posts, no supposed experts tweeting inconclusive bits of “inside information” from mystery sources. None ‘a that, just wham! Deal done. I approve. And I find nothing to reproach in the acquisition itself, either. Popular opinion seems to be that David will be a good fit. Coming from Cubs nation (we who tend to err on the side of skepticism) that says something.

And so I say, welcome to the North Side of Chicago, Mr. DeJesus. Please come on in and make yourself comfortable.