Transaction Analysis

Cubs sign Julian Tavarez for 2 years, $5 million

This was a bad move for the Rockies to let pitcher Julian Tavarez go.  While the Rockies are looking for pitching they actually had somebody who could pitch in Colorado.  Tavarez had a 3.96 ERA at home last season.  Now the Cubs hope that he can pitch in the next most hitter friendly park in the National League, Wrigley Field.  The Cubs are paying Tavarez $5 million over two seasons, which could be as high as $7 million with incentives.  They signed the part-time starter, part-time reliever to be a full-time starter.  The Cubs did not pay big bucks for what could be a potentially good #3 starter.  Tavarez is 27-years old and should be hitting the prime of his career right now, making it a good time to sign the right-hander.  While he has had an up and down career so far, he could help the Cubs have a strong latter half of their rotation, without spending too much to do it.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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