Jameson Taillon deserves good thing, and a four-year, $68 million deal with the Chicago Cubs this offseason certainly qualifies.
Taillon proved during his two season's by Gerrit Cole's side that, while he was unlikely to ever mature into the high-upside second banana role that had been forecast for him back in the day, he was still a bulldog and innings-eating competitor. Let it never be forgotten that he went out on one ankle and held the Rays down in Game 162 of 2021, passing the baton to the bullpen and eventually paving the way for Aaron Judge's 1-0 walk-off.
He also won the biggest game of 2022, arguably, when he shut down the Rays again in mid-September to stem the tide and put the Yankees back on course. All in all, he went 14-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 177.1 innings, which we'd wager is far better than most fans remember. Pretty good 2021 pitching acquisition, especially when compared to Corey Kluber!
Sadly, his Cubs tenure has started off a little bumpier. After his most successful start yet (five innings, two hits, no runs, seven strikeouts at Dodger Stadium, which lowered his ERA to 4.50), Taillon hit the IL with a left groin strain, which he reportedly felt throwing on flat ground between starts. Are we ... sure he's not still on the Yankees?
Taillon was a certified dawg during his time in pinstripes, and we're confident the coffee-loving righty will bounce back. After all, he's already persevered through much worse.