Cubs, Jameson Taillon agree to 4-year, $68M deal

The Chicago Cubs bolstered their starting rotation Tuesday night, reaching agreement with free-agent pitcher Jameson Taillon on a four-year, $68 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers.

Taillon, 31, was among the top pitchers remaining in free agency and is the latest big acquisition for the Cubs, who earlier Tuesday reached a one-year, $17.5 million agreement with slugger Cody Bellinger, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Taillon is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, going 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA and striking out 151 in 171 1/3 innings for the New York Yankees.

A hard-throwing right-hander, he has bounced back since arriving in the Bronx in a January 2021 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, returning to form after making just seven starts in 2019 and missing all of 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010, Taillon was also a 14-game winner for the Pirates in 2018.

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